Access to high-speed internet is not equitable in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard in the province of Quebec;
Internet service is uneven, inadequate or simply non-existent;
The pandemic has aggravated problems and regional inequities with respect to telework and distance education;
Lockdown measures have and will have many impacts;
Distance education should be available to all students;
The Internet facilitates and maintains communication for families, loved ones and caregivers;
The Internet promotes access to media, information, culture and the arts;
This tool is essential to regional economic development and recovery and service failures have major consequences; and
Many regions are ready to roll out the network but cannot because of barriers involving applications for permits to access support structures (poles) belonging to businesses that own these sites.
We, the undersigned, residents of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard in the province of Quebec, call upon the Government of Canada to invest heavily and quickly to expand rural broadband connectivity by meeting the 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload targets set by the CRTC in 2016, to foster healthy competition and equitable access in terms of cost, to urge large corporations to roll out infrastructure providing Internet access and to hold large corporations accountable for their actions.
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