Petition calling for a commitment by the federal government to establish the environment needed create within 5 years a national network that provides all Canadians with a minimum internet speed of 100 Mbps: Time For Action
July 18, 2012

NATIONAL PLEDGE – THE NEED FOR SPEED

Canadian internet speed rank plummets again!

Ø      Petition calling for a commitment by the federal government to establish the environment needed create within five years a national network that provides all Canadians with a minimum internet speed of 100 Mbps.

++ Your Action: Sign the Petition On-Line Now

The world is changing and we need Canadian leadership to take action on an ultra-broadband infrastructure program.

On July 8th, 2012, it was announced that Canada had fallen nine spots in one year in the global ranking of internet speeds, falling even further behind Asian and European countries.  Canada now ranks 14th, according to the Akamai data report.  This slide triggers a fall in innovation, and contributes to the accelerating sell-off of Canada’s high-tech sector.

This comes at a time when, around the world, high-speed Internet access is now considered integral to economic and social development.  Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council resolved that internet access and online freedom of expression were a basic human right  -  a movement championed first by Suvi Linden, former Finnish Communications Minister and i-CANADA’s feature speaker at its November Annual Summit.

Ultra-broadband gives astute nations the opportunity to flip the economic order upside-down:

Ø      South Korea now leads the world, with an average speed today of 17 megabits per second (Mbps) ;

Ø      Romania has the second-fastest internet speed in the world, at 15Mbps; and

Ø      China has asserted that it will have urban speeds of up to 20 Mbps by 2015, with rural areas hitting 4 Mbps;

To continue to be considered by these nations as a worthy economic partner, Canada has to immediately and radically change its action on implementing ultra-broadband.  i-CANADA is spearheading the creation of an Intelligent Nation, community by community, using the best ultra-high-speed networks to provide digital inclusion, virtual access to education, globally-connected healthcare, investment attraction, and sustainable ideas-based employment. 

Without this, Canada’s technology sector will continue to vanish; high-tech companies now account for a razor-thin 1.6 per cent on the TSX index, down from 41 per cent in July, 2000.  High-tech names have been vanishing from Canada at an alarming rate. Last year, 45 Canadian tech firms were purchased by foreign buyers, up from 32 the year before and less than 15 per year in the mid-2000s.  Canada’s innovation rate now rates second to last by population among 17 countries studied for the 2012 Conference Board |report on Canada.

We are asking you to sign this petition calling for a commitment by the federal government to put in place within five years, a national network that provides all Canadians with a minimum internet speed of 100 Mbps.

This petition will be presented by the i-CANADA Governors Council to the federal government at the i-CANADA/WCIT Summit in October, 2012.

Reference Links:

Australia’s national broadband plan: $43-billion infrastructure investment; see address by Senator The Honourable Stephen Conroy

http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/

i-CANADA

www.icanada.nu

Canada’s Internet Speed Drops

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/02/canada-internet-service-speed-ranking_n_1250063.html

Vanishing High-Tech Sector

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/canadas-vanishing-tech-sector/article4396596/

Reference Comparison:

Broadband ambitions around Europe

Luxembourg

by 2015, to provide fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) for every household; by 2020, to provide 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) to every household

Sweden

by 2015, 40% of households and businesses to have access to 100Mbps; by 2020, 90% of households and businesses to have access to 100Mbps

Denmark

by 2020 100% of households and businesses to have access to 100Mbps

Spain

by 2015, 100Mbps available to 50% of the population