Pan-Northern minimum broadband standard : a report prepared for the Northern Development Minister's Forum, which proposes a pan-northern minimum broadband standard of 9 Mbps across the North and the development of redundant capacity in every major community (eBook, 2014) [WorldCat.org]
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Pan-Northern minimum broadband standard : a report prepared for the Northern Development Minister's Forum, which proposes a pan-northern minimum broadband standard of 9 Mbps across the North and the development of redundant capacity in every major community
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Pan-Northern minimum broadband standard : a report prepared for the Northern Development Minister's Forum, which proposes a pan-northern minimum broadband standard of 9 Mbps across the North and the development of redundant capacity in every major community

Author: Northern Development Minister's Forum (Canada),; Working Group on ICT Development for the Senior Officials Working Group,
Publisher: [Fort McMurray, Alberta] : Northern Development Ministers Forum, Beaconsfield, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2013. 2014.
Series: 2013 Northern Development Ministers Forum.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
Summary:
Canadians are becoming more reliant on information communication technology (ICT) in every aspect of their lives. In this modern context, all Canadians including, governments and businesses require access to reliable, affordable ICT infrastructure to fully realize 21st century opportunities. In many places in Canada, this is a reality. As technology evolves, the North, however, struggles to keep pace and the current  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Northern Development Minister's Forum (Canada),; Working Group on ICT Development for the Senior Officials Working Group,
OCLC Number: 872591024
Notes: "July 2013."
Description: 1 online resource (26 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Title: 2013 Northern Development Ministers Forum.
Responsibility: Working Group on ICT Development for the Senior Officials Working Group.
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Abstract:

Canadians are becoming more reliant on information communication technology (ICT) in every aspect of their lives. In this modern context, all Canadians including, governments and businesses require access to reliable, affordable ICT infrastructure to fully realize 21st century opportunities. In many places in Canada, this is a reality. As technology evolves, the North, however, struggles to keep pace and the current situation reflects an ever increasing ICT service gap between urban centres in southern Canada and many rural and Northern communities. By and large, ICT networks in southern Canada were developed by the private sector, given the large population bases and profit potential. In the North, however, small populations and a lack of basic infrastructure mean that potential profits are low and the cost of development and maintenance of such networks are high. These barriers are disincentives to private sector investment. ICT infrastructure in the North remains underdeveloped - services tend to be unreliable, expensive for the consumer and the quality of service is often inferior to similar offerings in southern Canada. This North-South service gap has very real consequences for Northerners. Harsh climatic conditions combined with the remote characteristics of northern communities underscores the importance that connectivity to the outside world has on the region's ability to attract and retain a diverse, productive work force. Restricted access to ICT also increases the cost of providing government services and stunts business growth and innovation in a number of other areas. These limitations constrain potential growth in strategic northern industries such as mining, tourism and the knowledge sector which in turn impacts the Canadian economy as a whole.

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