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Are provinces filling the federal broadband strategy gap?

telecom | 03/17/2017 6:57 pm EDT

Nova Scotia may not be formulating its provincial broadband plan as a direct response to federal inaction, but that doesn’t mean the provincial government isn’t acting out of a need to fill a void affecting its residents. “It’s like a lot of things in that the provincial government is closer to the people than the federal government is, in certain respects,” David MacNeil, senior advisor in the Nova Scotia department of business, said in a phone interview. “There’s no federal, provincial, municipal responsibility for making sure people have good...

Ontario Chamber of Commerce calls for provincial action on broadband

telecom | 07/22/2016 7:52 pm EDT

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...