Yesterday (September 21) the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) submitted details about the need for affordable, accessible broadband in remote, northern and Indigenous communities. We also provided information about some of the many innovative ways that people in these communities are developing and using broadband for applications like health, education, justice and economic development. Our answers present examples from First Nations organizations and communities working in several regions of Canada, including Labrador, Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario.
This material contributes to the CRTC hearings on the Basic Service Objectives for telecommunication services across Canada. The hearing, , will have a significant impact on high-speed Internet affordability, access, and quality for all Canadians.
Links to the FMCC’s responses to questions from the CRTC are listed below:
- Economic, education, health and other community development opportunities that remote communities miss out on due to a lack of affordable, adequate broadband
- How telehealth and digital-education services benefit local communities
- How local and/or regional telecommunications providers offer low cost, efficient services in high cost serving areas
- How a Northern Infrastructure and Services Fund (NISF) would be governed by representatives from affected northern, remote and rural regions
Read our answers to questions posed by other parties at the Basic Service Objective hearings website [ download: “Responses to Requests for Information – 21 September 2015” ]