Telecom Policy

Communications infrastructure a key economic driver

February 10, 2014

 Alternative Federal Budget 2014. Communications Chapter.

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For full version  of AFB see:  Alternative Federal Budget 2014

According to statistics released in 2013 by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada needs to ramp up investment in this sector. Currently in 9th place with 72.2% of households connected to the Internet -- one up from the previous year, Canada is behind the leader South Korea (97.5%) and all 5 of the Scandinavian countries but still ahead of the U.K. (69.5%) and the U.S. (68.2%) However, in terms of actual speed of broadband connections and price of these connections, Canada is lagging much further behind – placing 19th among the same list of countries. Countries high on the list of speed and pricing are also rapidly increasing their adoption of fibre optic networks. Here again, Canada is falling steadily behind – at 0.6 fibre subscriptions per 100 inhabitants as compared to the U.K. with 1.7, Sweden with 10.9, and South Korea leading the way with 22.3 per 100 inhabitants. In order to participate fully in the Information Age, Canada needs to move beyond the current 20th century policy strategy towards communications infrastructure.  ..... more

A National Communications Strategy is an Economic Building Block

June 4, 2013

Alternative Federal Budget Communicaions Chapter 2013

Summary only.  Click here for full version of Communications chapter   

For full version  of AFB see:  Alternative Federal Budget 2013 p.48

 Canada continues to fall behind peer nations in the strategic area of information and communications policy and infrastructure. A recent report from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Measuring the Information Society 2012 ranked Canada 32nd out of 155 countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills. In the top five countries were Korea, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. According to the ITU, all top-30 countries are "high-income countries, underlying the strong link between income and ICT progress."  It is becoming increasingly clear that a national communications strategy is an essential part of long term economic planning.

Communications Chapter - Alternative Federal Budget - 2012

March 28, 2012

The AFB 2012 allocates the following amounts for communications:

  • The AFB allocates $250,000 to fund a broad national consultation to modernize communications policy in Canada. 
  • The AFB ramps up to $1 billion annually over 10 years to modernize Canada’s digital communications infrastructure. 
  • The AFB allocates $40 million to support new and existing national public access sites in the 2012-2013 budget year.

Full communications chapter

Full AFB 2012

Alternative Federal Budget 2011 - Communications (in brief)

March 16, 2011

Recognizing “effective” connectivity as an essential service
To return Canada to a leadership role in the availability and use of new communications technologies, “effective” broadband, supporting a wide range of communications applications, must become a vital part of federal policy and programs.

The AFB believes that access to 1.5 Mbps. broadband should became part of the "basic service" definition for telecommunications providers in Canada.

Developing a national broadband plan

700 MHz Spectrum: Maintaining a Dividend for the Canadian Public

March 1, 2011

A submission in response to: Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum  (Prepared by Marita Moll for Telecommunities Canada )

Executive Summary:
Telecommunities Canada offers the following recommendations to this consultation:

That all proceeds generated by the auction be used to support broadband initiatives that would bring Canada’s communications infrastructure back up to world class standards, as well as support digital content creation and digital skills programs

That a portion of the proceeds of the auction be used to establish digital skills training centres within reach of all Canadians.

Cyber security and critical energy infrastructure

January 16, 2011

A new report by Angela Gendron, senior fellow at the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies,  notes that private ownership of telecommunications, the fact that much of our national energy infrastructure is dependant on information and communications technologies and the responsibility of governments to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is raising new problems in national security management. 

Telecom strategic to sovereignty and national security

July 31, 2010

Submission to the Federal Consultation on Options for Foreign Investment Restrictions in the Telecommunications Sector

Summary: The area of sovereignty and national security needs to be addressed well before any attempt is made to change those sections of the Telecommunications Act which protect Canadian ownership of telecommunications interests. There are many models of telecommunications ownership which should be considered beyond the three offered in the consultation paper.

Op-ed: Government consultation more imagined than real

July 26, 2010

by Marita Moll

For some time, Canadians from all sectors have been concerned about the lack of a national digital strategy. Numerous international studies have shown that our digital infrastructure and policy environment is lagging behind that of other developed nations. This stalls our economy and negatively affects productivity. Finally, on May 10, Canadians were invited to participate in a six week online consultation. Through a special website, participants could post ideas and position papers and/or vote for ideas they supported – creating a bit of competitive energy among a somewhat limited audience already comfortable with this kind of process.

Digital Economy Round Table video now available

July 21, 2010

A video presenting some of the ideas contained in the Consensus Submission for the Digital Economy consulation is now available on YouTube.

Video:  The Future of the Digital Economy


Consensus submission

Researchers and educators hold roundtable on the digital economy

June 18, 2010

A group of 30 researchers, students and professors met at the University of Toronto on June 14 to discuss the federal Digital Economy Consultation Paper and prepare a group response.   Participants felt that a face to face meeting where they could discuss their views and arrive at a consensus document was a time honoured way to participate in federal policy discussions that could not be replaced by individual on-line comments to a web-site.

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