Newspaper article The Canadian Press

With No Budget for Rural Internet, Nobody's Made a Plan, Auditor Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

With No Budget for Rural Internet, Nobody's Made a Plan, Auditor Says

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Feds have no plan for rural broadband: audit

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OTTAWA - Canada's auditor general says people who live in rural and remote parts of the country don't have high-speed internet access because the federal government doesn't want to pay for a plan to give it to them.

In a report Tuesday, Michael Ferguson says the government has been told again and again by different authorities that Canada needs a national broadband strategy, so people who live outside cities don't get left behind in the digital economy. Without high-speed internet connections, people can lose out on everything from job opportunities to medical treatment.

Ferguson says that in 2013, a government analysis found that running high-speed internet to 99 per cent of Canadians would cost between $1. …

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