The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Project Chapleau, a broadband initiative between Bell Canada and Nortel Networks, isn’t a big leap forward in bringing high-speed Internet connectivity to rural Ontario communities (see story on page 5). It’s a big deal to the residents of the small town, 320 kilometres northeast of Sault Ste. Marie, but it is a drop in the bucket as to what needs to be done to bridge the digital divide.  Some will say that building out has to start somewhere. But this isn’t the beginning, this is the prequel; a time to determine what works and what doesn’t. Decisions need to be made and work needs to begin.  Sure, the subject of rolling out to rural and remote Canada is being addressed by the Telecommunications Review. But how many times do we need to examine this issue? Five years ago, a panel made up of about three-dozen key industry players recommended the government invest a substantial sum of money to expand broadband access to all Canadians.  It’s unfortunate that a political power play by the then Finance Minister scuttled any hopes of building that bridge a little farther across the divide. Instead 1,700 rural and remote communities – those which will not have access to broadband pipes after current funding mechanisms run out of money – now rest their hopes of participating in the Internet economy on a divided Parliament, one whose political leaders are more concerned with personal power than the livelihoods of rural and remote Canadians.  The government of Alberta got it right when it set an aggressive agenda to roll out a provincial broadband network, providing all of its rural communities with access to broadband pipes. Partnering with Bell and Axia, the network was completed, despite some minor delays, relatively quickly.  It’s unclear why Bell says it needs to study the benefits and impacts of advanced broadband technologies on Chapleau, as well as the cost implications of rolling out in rural Ontario when it has already so much experience with the Alberta SuperNet project.