Make high-speed Internet ‘basic service,’ CRTC urged

The Globe & Mail: Make high-speed Internet ‘basic service,’ CRTC urged

“The Montreal MP (Liberal MP Marc Garneau ) stressed that the regulator should make high-speed Internet part of its mandate and suggested a goal of delivering download speeds of 1.5 megabits per second (mbps) by 2014 and about 4 mbps by 2020. In remote areas, the high cost of delivering service does not provide private-sector companies with a sufficient return on investment to justify building infrastructure.”

Isn’t nice of Mr. Garneau to suggest that we commit to a multi billion boondoggle that is ripe for mismanagement and cost over runs.  Why stop at 4mbps?  Why not fibre optic to everyones home?  What someone does not have a computer?… Oh yeah lets just add that to the tab – who cares it’s just someone else’s money.

Update: Thanks for the grammar suggestions from everyone.  Being an Engineer has eroded my writing skills over the years.  Perhaps a remedial night class is in order :^)

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6 Responses to Make high-speed Internet ‘basic service,’ CRTC urged

  1. Jack Waterhouse says:

    This is an excellent page, and I agree completely with your sentiments. I respectfully submit, however, that you’ll enjoy greater credibility if you polish up your writing. For example:

    Isn’t nice of Mr. Garneau to suggest that we commit to a multi billion boondoggle that is ripe for mismanagement and cost over runs. Why stop at 4mbps? Why not fibre optic to everyones home? What someone does not have a computer?… Oh yeah lets just add that to the tab – who cares it’s just someone else’s money.

    Should be (corrections in square brackets):

    Isn’t [it] nice of Mr. Garneau to suggest that we commit to a multi[-]billion[-dollar] boondoggle that is [should be that’s, as contractions are used elsewhere] ripe for mismanagement and cost over runs[?] Why stop at 4mbps? Why not fibre[-]optic to everyone[‘]s home? What [if] someone does not [and this should be doesn’t] have a computer? [… lose the ellipsis] Oh yeah[;] let[‘]s just add that to the tab[.] [W]ho cares[; or -] it’s just someone else’s money.

    Fight on.

    Jack

    • Dan says:

      LOL.. Thanks for the grammar lesson. The disadvantage of being an Engineer and taking one ‘speak & spell’ english class for Engineers. I also should take more time and re-read my posts before submitting them ;^)

  2. Ty Snaden says:

    “Why stop at 4mbps? Why not fibre[-]optic to everyone[‘]s home? What [if] someone does not [and this should be doesn’t] have a computer? [… lose the ellipsis] Oh yeah[;] let[‘]s just add that to the tab[.] [W]ho cares[; or -] it’s just someone else’s money.”
    Because freedom of information and education is a necessity to achieve an enlightened, democratic society. If the rural and impoverished communities of Canada are left in an ignorant technological darkness, our economy and society will suffer far greater in the long term and the opportunity for Canada to become a major influence in the global sphere will dissolve.

    • Dan says:

      LOL.. Thanks for the grammar lesson. The disadvantage of being an Engineer and taking one ‘speak & spell’ english class for Engineers.

      I am not against Government financing such a scheme – just not the Federal Government. If your Provincial Government wants to raise taxes to pay for this endless money pit then they can try at their own peril. If you want to get internet access to more people cut the red tape and open up to the telecommunications to anyone regardless of ownership. This will bring the price down. The more Government intervenes in a free market the more it drives up costs. Just look at our mobile phone market in Canada. There are third-world countries with better coverage and basic phones and plans that even the poorest of the poor can afford.

  3. Zip says:

    Nice Blog Dan, but you are not alone in this, hell there’s even a federal party that feels the same way. http://www.freedomparty.ca/ check it out.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Cheers.

  4. Iain Dwyer says:

    Dan, you’re right that deregulation would do a lot more than any government program could. Luckily the amount we already have may bring that about before they can even act on this idea.
    It’s much easier to build cell towers than it is to bring in wired internet. It’s slightly less reliable, but more than enough for the average person. That’s basically what has happened in a lot of developing countries. In India the average person owns three or four cell phones, and there are places without running water where you can get a good signal.

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