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Internet In Canada's North - Mike Murchison

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Toronto Learning Night - July 21, 2016

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Internet In Canada's North - Mike Murchison

  1. 1. Internet in Canada’s North
  2. 2. 46.1% of the world is connected to the internet
  3. 3. 88.5% of Canadians are connected • 3.7K pages per month: most in the world. • 41.3 hours spent per month (2013): second in the world.
  4. 4. Not the whole picture • How is this internet connectivity distributed? • What is the quality of this internet connection?
  5. 5. • Connectivity drops substantially in rural areas • Only 27% of communities in Nunavut had access (2010) • Download / upload speeds vary dramatically • Only 85% of rural Canada has “broadband”
  6. 6. Why are we not Iceland?
  7. 7. “It’s expensive”
  8. 8. The internet is both an investment and a right • A generation is being left behind • Human right: United Nations Human Rights Council (2016) • Ideas are consolidating in urban areas • Internet infrastructure investment as innovation
  9. 9. We should think about internet connectivity the same way we think about literacy
  10. 10. • Standard definitions • “Broadband” is outdated • Definition needs to be applied universally • Territories and rural areas shouldn't be left behind • Understand it as a societal indicator and federal policy priority • Literacy rates are not reported any more in most developed countries

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