Digital Canada 150

Canada's digital strategy, unveiled on April 4, 2014

Canada's digital strategy, unveiled on April 4, 2014

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Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians without broadband internet service? Or maybe you resent paying for a bundle of TV channels you never watch, just to get the one you do.

On April 4th, in Waterloo, Ontario, Industry Minister James Moore addressed those (and other) digital frustrations when he unveiled the federal government's long-awaited digital strategy.

 

It's called Digital Canada 150, a reference to the upcoming sesquicentennial in 2017. And it covers a lot of ground that will be familiar to regular Spark listeners:

  • investment in rural broadband
  • changes to legislation around privacy and personal information
  • incentives for Canadian startups and entrepreneurs
  • and a move toward open data and open government

A lot of what's in Digital Canada 150 isn't new. For instance, the plan to invest in rural broadband was announced during the federal budget speech back in February. And the government has been working with the CRTC to unbundle TV channels for a while now.

But this new strategy collects these various pieces of the government's digital policy together into one place.

You can watch Minister Moore's announcement on ustream.tv.

Rural broadband

For his take on the government's plan to expand broadband access to rural and Northern communities, Nora interviewed Bill St. Arnaud, a green IT consultant with expertise in internet infrastructure.

Listen to the interview here:

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