FCC Commissioned Study Assesses Why Canada Lags On Broadband

Michael Geist, Weblog, Oct 15, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So why is Canada lagging in broadband. The American FCC studies the issue, and comes up with reason that should really be no surprise: "Canada in particular offers an example of half-hearted efforts to impose unbundling, and increasingly heavy reliance on competition between local telephone and cable incumbents. Its results, as our benchmarking study shows, have been weaker than those of other countries we review here." The impact on competitiveness is noticable. Compare, meanwhile, to Finland (yes, the same country that leads all those studies of educational outcomes), where broadband (real broadband) has been made a civil right (more, more, more, more).
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