Rural and Northern
Telecommunications infrastructure is important to Canada's rural, northern and remote communities. Broadband networks contribute to economic growth by improving productivity, providing new products and services, supporting innovation in all sectors of the economy, and improving access to new markets in Canada and abroad.
Unfortunately, a digital divide still exists in Canada as some rural and remote communities are still without broadband coverage, while others remain underserved by insufficient network capacity.
The upcoming auction of the 700 MHz spectrum band is a critical opportunity for the federal government to improve broadband coverage and capacity in rural Canada, and help stimulate local economic development, address isolation issues and increase community competitiveness.
The federal government has included rural deployment requirements in the 700 MHz conditions of license. FCM is monitoring the 700 MHz auction to ensure that these requirements achieve the policy objective of improved access to rural broadband.
- FCM appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry Science and Technology re: study of "Broadband and Internet Access Across Canada", March 19, 2013
- FCM comments on Gazette Notice DGSO-002-12 - Consultation on a Licensing Framework for Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) - 700 MHz
- FCM comments on Gazette Notice DGSO-002-13 - Consultation on Considerations Relating to Transfers, Divisions and Subordinate Licensing of Spectrum Licences