As many as 1 in 10 people in Canada still do not have Internet at home that meets the CRTC's national minimum speed standards of 50/10 Mbps.5 That’s generally for one of two reasons: it’s not available where they live, or it’s too expensive.
For years, the government and the CRTC have trusted Big Telecom to make Internet cheaper and universally accessible. But waiting for telecom giants like Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Shaw to connect our communities to affordable Internet has proven to be a failed strategy, even in places like Toronto — a city with arguably the best market incentives for broadband investment in Canada.6
Canada’s Internet continues to be ranked among the most expensive in the world, and millions still lack a home-based connection that meets their needs.7-8 Clearly, Big Telecom is not interested in fixing the problem.
In fact, Big Telecom is fighting tooth and nail to make sure their market oligopolies — the power they hold to keep prices unaffordable and slack on improving services — go unchallenged.9 They’ve boxed out competition at every turn, fought for the right to price gouge customers, lobbied against accountability for shady sales practices, and threatened to ditch rural Internet investment if the government dares regulate them — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.10-12
We’re asking the government to step in immediately to bring affordable, high-quality Internet to every single person in Canada — regardless of where they live or how much money they have. Sign the petition: Get Canada connected NOW!