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An Ottawa Valley family’s monumental struggle to get broadband internet shows that a significant geographic digital divide still exists in Canada, even for those who aren’t very far from urban centres.  “I live an hour from our nation’s capital, 10 minutes from the town of Renfrew on a busy highway,” says Kevin LeGris.  “I’m in a blackout zone with no hope of getting high-speed internet.”

Source: CBC News

Date: October 6th, 2016

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/no-connectivity-the-internet-blackout-zone-that-is-rural-canada-1.3792786

Discussion

1) Who is impacted by rural areas not having high-speed internet?

2) What sort of mechanisms can you think of that would fund the high cost of providing high-speed internet to rural areas with few people?

 

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