The Ontario government should be playing a major role in developing the province’s broadband infrastructure, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. In an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne Thursday, chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette called for the provincial government to take three steps to bring infrastructure up to the same level as roads, bridges and electricity. The three recommendations are for the province to “develop broadband policy that is responsive to existing needs while not dissuading private sector investment,” to build partnerships with all levels of government to leverage funding and to benchmark Ontario’s Internet speeds and access. Provincial government participation is necessary, especially in rural and remote areas, said the letter, because companies have indicated that there is less of a business case to connect them to high-speed Internet. “Given this challenge, investment in high-speed Internet as public infrastructure should be prioritized in order to safeguard economic growth as well as the Government’s commitment to shifting more public services to online channels,” the letter said.