The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The Broadband Task Force has done more than outline costs and scenarios for bringing high-speed Internet to all Canadian communities. It has handed Industry minister Brian Tobin a blueprint for giving his ministry a bigger say over how the CRTC fosters competition, and how broadcasting and other cultural content evolve in a broadband world.  With the political mileage wearing thin on the Connectedness platform, the Liberals needed a new direction for the program – one that’s self-serving from a political point of view, and that fits with its overall economic priorities. This report provides ample opportunity for both. What’s important about the report is that it does more than put a price tag on broadband rollout. The 34-member committee appears to have made a concerted effort to look at the big picture, and to ensure that whatever initiatives and funding it recommends are about more than just dump pipes. By taking a serious look at policies and regulations as well as content and applications, the task force recognizes that a multi-disciplinary and cross-government approach is needed to realize Canada’s newest information highway dream. The report also fits in nicely with the Liberal’s pending Innovation White Paper, giving substance to those ICT initiatives related to broadband networks and applications. For example, Industry Canada has already tabled funding requests for areas noted in the task force report, including e-commerce ($35 million), e-learning ($520 million), Vol-Net ($56 million) and Smart Communities ($96 million) (NL, June 4/01). The price tag may not be the biggest challenge the government faces in bringing broadband to every community (or is it every business and home now?). Coordinating such a massive undertaking with provincial and local governments, First Nations groups, school boards, libraries, hospitals, local government offices, and the private sector will require a level of cooperation rarely seen in any other area. Hitting a 2004 deadline will be difficult, if not impossible. The government should focus on ensuring that such a formidable project is done right, rather than to an unrealistic deadline.