Issue: October 2018
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i-VALLEY CALLS FOR NATIONAL BROADBAND FUND AND OPEN ACCESS IN PRESENTATION TO COMMONS COMMITTEE

i-Valley officers appeared before the Federal Standing Committee on Finance yesterday with Pre-Budget recommendations, calling for the creation of a stable long-term fund for the construction of a national world-class broadband network. According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, only 26% of Canada’s rural areas have broadband speeds that meet the CTRC target for Internet access.

“We have been steadily dropping in our Internet ranking against other countries,” said i-Valley Co-Founder Barry Gander. From a position on top of the Internet ranks, we have plunged to 28th place, and the drop is continuing. There is attention being paid to this issue from all levels of government, but we need an order-of-magnitude shift in our thinking. Our prosperity and social fabric demand a new approach.”

i-Valley suggested that India’s model be adopted; that country has just announced a target of broadband for all citizens by 2022. It’s new National Digital Strategy envisages all players coming together - companies, governments and social stakeholders – in order to bring the right mass to bear on the challenge.

“What we are doing in other parts of Nova Scotia is a model for what can happen across Canada,” said i-Valley Vice-President Tony Walters. “We are making ground-up plans with municipal bodies for the construction of Open-Access networks that benefit all telecom providers as well as all community members.”

i-Valley stated that a new strategic fund would be most effective if it were awarded on the principles of municipal governance, Open Access and full and equitable regional coverage.

For more information or a copy of the submission please contact:

Barry Gander, Co-Founder i-Valley,

Barry.Gander@i-valley.ca

VP, i-Canada; EVP, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal