In 2015, approximately 82% of Canadians had access to broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps.
This is a fantastic feat in comparison to some nations. Yet Canada wants to make it 100%.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecom Commission announced broadband internet is a basic right. Those living in remote rural Ontario areas are currently unable to access high-speed internet. In some cases, they are unable to enjoy any internet at all and WaveDirect wants to change all that.
We care about our rural customers, where some other Big ISP's don't bother with helping rural areas access the internet. It will now become essential for everyone to have access to internet options with fixed wireless or rural high-speed internet in your home or business.
Almost 12 million homes and one million businesses are enjoying high-speed internet.
Yet, so many more have to endure dial-up internet or low-speed access. We don't know about you, but we thought dial-up was a thing of the past. Ever try using one of those annoying USB sticks (Rocket Stick), that are supposed to deliver internet access on the fly? It's a little hard to believe that there are little to no internet options in rural Ontario.
Yet, it is a reality for many people across Canada, An estimated total of 2 million homes do not have access to high-speed internet. That is 18% of Canada's population. Many Canadians live close to the US border. Yet, many more live in either remote or rural areas and are unable to use basic technology.
We live in a world full of virtual headsets, online gaming, social media, smartphone watches, and GPS technology. So, it is hard to believe that some people might not have access to the internet. The Canadian government plans to introduce rural high-speed internet into every home. So, in 15 years time, each Canadian household will have access to the fastest broadband possible.
We want little Timmy, to have his video games too!
In fact, the CRTC has stated that 90% of citizens will enjoy high-speed internet by 2021. The remaining 10% will receive faster internet within 10 to 15 years. So, you will not have long to wait to enjoy all the benefits of the ruling.
WaveDirect is also doing its part by building more fixed wireless infrastructure into the Southwestern Ontario area and have now also introduced Unlimited Cable Packages to help speed things along.
Sometimes we are confused with satellite dish internet, which we are NOT. We create what is called, “point to point” access by running high-speed fiber to a large tower, and pointing a small dish on your home to the tower’s location. This is a lot more reliable that beaming signals off into space.
We have a few wireless internet options and cable internet packages to choose from, we try and keep activation fees to a minimum and you can check your postal code to see if you are in our serviceable area.
Wavedirect offers unlimited data for both cable and wireless users, so you don’t need to worry about going over on your data plan. Our highest rural internet packages offer up to 25mbps download speed and that is more than enough to play online video games.
The Canadian government is taking rural high-speed internet seriously, even if you live in a cottage in Ontario. Not only do they view it as a basic right for every citizen, but they believe it essential to their future economy. The ruling could improve the quality of life in rural areas in Ontario, Manitoba or Alberta, plus more to come.
The government will grant $750 million to the regulator for rural high-speed internet. The funding will support the new infrastructure over the next five years. Before the ruling, only the landline phone service was a basic telecom right.
So, it might be music to citizens' ears that they will soon enjoy fast broadband. The rural high-speed internet is to be set at 50 Mbps download speeds and 10Mbps for upload. All internet service providers will also have to make unlimited data an option and WaveDirect is working with it's IT engineers to comply, both our Fixed Wireless Internet and Cable will have to follow suit and will be unlimited for all.
(Update 2019 - All of our Internet Services are now UNLIMITED!)
Many companies are now taking the steps to go digital, even if they run a business in a rural area. The digital transformation may result in all organizations going online in the future.
If people cannot access the internet, they cannot access basic services such as email.
For example, fast internet is becoming vital to healthcare, banking, and education.
A person living in a remote or rural area could become separated from society, as a result.
You could argue people living in remote or rural areas need the internet more than city dwellers.
After all, they have limited communication and access to basic services, such as email, shopping, and news. It's not only improved communications that will improve a person's quality of life.
The government hopes rural high-speed internet could inspire citizens to become entrepreneurs. The new businesses could bring in a considerable amount of money to Canada's economy.
Fast internet speeds will benefit those currently living without the internet. Yet, it will also impact the whole nation.
Technology improvements are currently the main goal for the Canadian government.
You might have thought $750 million on rural high-speed internet will have drained the pot dry.
Well, it hasn't.
The government will invest $500 million in federal funding for high-speed broadband.
Not to mention investment in improving Canada's cell coverage and reliability (5G). The cell coverage funding will be less ambitious than the rural internet, though. They will add the latest wireless technology to cities and various transport corridors.
Canada is establishing itself as a forward-thinking, caring nation, especially for the internet.
There is no doubt about that if the latest ruling is anything to go by. Accessibility is all part of the new digital plan. The CRTC has ruled fixed wireless service providers will have to offer accessibility platforms.
The aim is to address the needs of those with speech disabilities and hearing problems.
It must also become a priority within the next six months. Many might believe the timeline is too soon. The CRTC doesn't agree because they can't rely on market forces to address the issues.
Canada is now establishing itself as an innovative nation for small business. It may even inspire other nations to follow suit. For example, there are reportedly 19.9 million Americans who do not have access to wired internet.
There are also 34 million people who only have access to internet speeds of up to 25Mbps/3Mbps. As you might be aware, China isn't as open to technology as Canada. Due to the strict technology policies, only 52% of the population has internet access.
We cannot deny that the internet is shaping our society. So, a failure to have access to the technology will deny people of a basic telecom service. Citizens will need access to rural high-speed internet to join the digital economy, even if your working from home.
By connecting more users to the internet, Canada can enjoy the fruits of more online ventures.
The goal is to improve the quality of life for everyone, from all corners of Canada. It also stretches to those living with speech and hearing impairments.
With the plan set to roll out within the next five years, rural high-speed internet could soon become a reality. Millions of Canadians in remote or rural areas will be able to not only connect to society but join it from the comfort of home through an internet connection.
If you are stuck without internet in a Rural Area of Southwestern Ontario, You can try our Fixed Wireless Internet Services Free for 30 Days, to see if it is right for you.