High-speed internet access to the home, or broadband internet access, has been recognized as a basic telecommunications service, as defined in the Telecommunications Act and defined by the CRTC. Millions of dollars have been invested throughout British Columbia to make broadband available, however, more still needs to be done to ensure that all British Columbians have equal access to broadband internet speeds.
Importance of connectivity for rural and Indigenous communities in B.C.
Enhanced connectivity in rural communities is at the forefront of economic diversification and regional revitalization. It can significantly reduce the digital divide by enabling communities to foster digital economies that enrich community well-being.
Within the next decade, communities will be impacted by the shifting connectivity landscape, and the sense of urgency to address the widening gap in digital readiness is critical for B.C.’s communities to better reap the growing local and regional benefits connectivity can propel.
Rural communities, Indigenous communities, and remote regions play a major role in helping B.C. meet some of the greatest challenges of the next century:
- Climate Action (stewardship of natural assets and resources)
- Agri-tech (food production innovation)
- Emergency Planning and Response
- Economic Diversification
- Cultural Preservation
Community and regional connectivity planning enable communities, large and small, to achieve greater community well-being through the emerging digital economy.
Through the Connecting British Columbia program, the Province continues to work closely with our federal, provincial and private sector partners to leverage investments.