The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging the government to dedicate billions of provincial infrastructure dollars to improving access to high-speed internet in rural and remote areas and Ontario’s north. According to the chamber, lack of high-speed Internet access is limiting economic growth in these areas.
Chamber President Allan O’Dette:
Broadband is no longer recognized as a luxury. It is a basic infrastructure requirement, much like roads, bridges and electricity…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…Just as businesses depend on roads and electricity, high-speed Internet is fundamental to advancing the province’s economic interests.