I am glad you've received my card with the information about rural broadband in Dufferin-Caledon.
Long before, during, and after the 2019 election, people shared their concerns with me about the limited access to the internet, lack of infrastructure and literally no choice on the monopolized market in the riding that is located so close to Canada's largest municipalities.
Below, you can review some instances of the work that has been done on this issue before the COVID-19 pandemic and during the crisis. I assure you this issue is on my list of priorities and I raise it during almost every meeting with my Conservative caucus colleagues, provincial and municipal counterparts, as well as in Town Hall and Zoom meetings.
I also encourage you to complete the form below and share the details that are crucial for me, as your representative in Ottawa, to know. You can help me to create strong, targeted messages that will be heard by both the federal government and Internet service providers.
Through our consultations, we heard that the causes of the failure to provide all Canadians with adequate home internet and cellular network access are many, but largely result from: limited competition in the telecommunications industry, a maladaptive regulatory regime, poorly designed funding programs, and upfront infrastructure costs.
This report reflects what we heard from our consultations on the initial Connect Canada document that we released on May 6, 2020, and per that report, proposes solutions to connect rural Canadians by the end of 2021. With dozens of written submissions, town halls, and conversations had between stakeholders, consumers and our caucus members, we feel this robust report can provide direction on how to provide every rural Canadian with affordable, reliable internet access.