Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Geist on Canada's Broadband Fail

If you're at all interested in why/how Canada is failing so horrendously when it comes to expensive and slow internets, you'd do well to read this very thorough report from Michael Geist.

Geist made the presentation to The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications a few weeks back and throughout he frankly uncovered a lot of disparaging news about Canada's digital infrastructure...

And when I say thorough, I mean thorough: it's the full transcript from a 90 minute presentation.

If you're not interested in all the details, the nuts and bolts are this:

On an international level, Canada's broadband network is slow and expensive. And it's getting worse. According to Geist, the reason(s) why Canadians are shilling out so much for an inferior service is a mix of lacking competition in the marketplace, zero long term vision/planning on account of the Feds, and a public that largely doesn't know how much they're being ripped off.

The CBC has a nice little overview here as well.

2 comments:

Lorne Marr said...

Thank you for this post, I'll have to take a look at that detailed report. I've been interested in this stuff for quite some time having traveled to different countries I was always shocked by the quality of the Internet service providers for a fraction of the price an average Canadian pays. And you're right, most people don't realize how much we're being ripped off...

Take care, Lorne

James Kingsley said...

I'm glad you've found the link useful Lorne. I'm very interested to see what the standing committee recommends as from the sound of their comments they were both shocked and encouraged by Mr. Geist's presentation...