Canada goes 50/10 Mbps for broadband goal, invests $750 million over 5 years

Big news from Canada

Everyone in Canada should be able to access high-speed Internet, the country’s telecom regulator has declared, setting bold targets for speeds and establishing a new fund that will invest up to $750-million over five years to expand broadband services to remote regions.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled Wednesday that broadband Internet with download speeds of at least 50 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps will now be considered a “basic telecom service.” It also said all customers, even in rural areas where plans often have low caps on data usage, should have access to unlimited data options.

Apparently 82 percent of Canadian already have access to broadband at this speed, so the $750 million is to reach the last 20 percent.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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