Most Ontario farmers have issues with the quality of their Internet connections and more than 90 per cent feel the Internet is important to their livelihoods, according to a provincial farming advocate. Brent Royce, a board member for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said in an article on the group's website, dated July 3, that the organization did a recent survey that found two out of three farmers have unreliable Internet connections. The survey also found that 94 per cent "believed access to the Internet is important to their farm operations, and the majority of those indicated their business would suffer without reliable Internet access." The online posting said most respondents thought better Internet access would improve the financial performance of their operations "by opening opportunities for domestic and international markets, and keeping pace with new innovations, technology and overall competitiveness." It said most respondents feel there are not enough Internet service providers in their areas, resulting in less competition and higher prices. "To deliver more affordable rural Internet, we need the infrastructure to deliver high-speed, broadband at a similar price point to services offered to urban areas," Royce wrote. Royce said that the survey was done to support a submission in the CRTC's review of basic telecommunications services, which will consider whether certain universal standards should be implemented regarding access to broadband Internet. Federation general manager Neil Currie said in a phone interview that more than 1,300 respondents took part in this online survey, which was conducted late last month. He said no margin of error was determined.