The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.If you haven’t already noticed, a communications revolution is taking place in Canada. It’s not just the rise in Internet penetration per se; it’s how the demand for better and faster communications is altering the traditional roles of both suppliers and users.  Last week’s announcement by the Alberta government to bring broadband to every community by 2003 is revolutionary for two reasons. First, a staunchly conservative government that rails against so-called corporate welfare has realized that public spending that supports open and accessible networks is as important as using public funds to build public highways. Despite critics who suggest that condominium fibre networks promote government ownership and management of telecom networks, Alberta’s $193-million initiative demonstrates that this new network model actually promotes competition, as well as universal access and equal rates for all Canadians, regardless of geography. Alberta’s announcement also signals a major change in thinking at Canada’s largest telco. BCE has been criticized over the past two years for resisting a new telecommunications model – one that gives competitors freer access to all aspects of the network infrastructure and puts more control in the hands of end users. That mindset appears to have changed. Its successful bid to the Alberta government proposes a condominium fibre network, one that will provide equal prices across the province for high-speed Internet access and network connectivity. This model levels the playing field and lowers the barriers of entry, making it possible for new competitors to provide high-speed access anywhere in the province. The benefits to Canada will be staggering. With one of the world’s most advanced telecom networks reaching every community in the country, combined with our quality of life, Canada will find itself with an attractive sales pitch for Silicon Valley veterans looking for a change of scenery. The federal government and other provinces would be wise to move quickly to follow Alberta’s lead in this area.