Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and several cabinet ministers held a press conference on the 9th local time, announcing that they will invest 1.75 billion Canadian dollars to popularize broadband networks. The goal is to allow 98% of Canadians to access high-speed Internet by 2026.
The Canadian government set aside funds for this plan in the 2019 budget, and plans to start implementation in March this year. However, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus Pandemic, the plan had to be postponed.
However, because Coronavirus Pandemic forced a large number of people to stay at home for a long time, it also made people’s demand for high-speed Internet access stronger. Under this circumstance, the Canadian government has decided to raise the originally planned target and realize that the entire population of the country can access high-speed Internet by 2030.
Although Canada is a developed country, due to its large land and sparse population and all telecom operators are private enterprises, it has not been able to make high-speed Internet popular in rural areas with small populations. According to statistics from the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission, only 40.8% of the rural population currently has high-speed Internet access.
The high-speed Internet defined by the Canadian government refers to an access speed with a download speed of not less than 50Mb/sec and an upload speed of not less than 10Mb/sec.