Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

A map of broadband

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

About four years ago, when I was visiting my soon-to-be-wife at her home in the village of Wakefield, Quebec, I used to try to get some work done on the side using her internet connection. And boy it was slow -- painfully slow compared to what I was used to in Toronto. Now, thanks to a new government page, I can see why.

The federal government has posted its national broadband map, prepared from publicly available data, input from the provinces and territories and Canadian ISPs (internet service providers).

As the map shows, Wakefield has cable or DSL, but not both, and somewhere between 100 and 199 homes have no broadband availability -- so I think things have improved. It is hardly as unconnected as some places, particularly First Nation communities in northern regions, but somewhat surprisingly worse than northern communities like Val D'Or.

So, how does your region fare? Have a look.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

Dean Owen

Rural areas are suffering from lack of broadband creating a new digital divide. The feds need to step up and put some of the recovery money into building out infrastructure. Leaving it to the telecom/cablecom's is a waste of time. They're too busy fighting with each other in attempts to keep their monopolies going.

Posted August 1, 2009 12:34 AM

J.

I tried to check the map for the Maritimes, but as an illustration of just how horrible my dial-up connection is it kept dropping the download before it could be completed... pathetic. We've been promised 1.5mbps 'broadband' speeds via an antiquated WiMax system through EastLink, but even that's months off. The only other option is satellite right now, and that has plenty of drawbacks and unfavourable pricing. Is 5-15 mbps really too much to ask in this day and age?

Posted August 2, 2009 04:35 AM

Jason Lamarche

Vancouver

My cable Internet connection in Vancouver is very reliable and effective. It's been interesting to contrast that quality with the often sub-par speeds in some parts of Ottawa.

There is almost a noticeable difference in Internet culture in the Ottawa area. There are very few places where one can actually find a free wi-fi coffee shop there. Having come from Vancouver where there is nothing but free wi-fi I found this most annoying. The places in Ottawa that did have free connections still required me to get a print of their log-on info as if legions of people would sit outside their establishment and steal their scarce bandwidth.

All in all I'm not surprised to hear that many regions in Canada have poor Internet access. The federal government should prioritize this and invest in better connections for rural areas and free access to every major urban centre in Canada.

Jason Lamarche
LiberalMinute.ca

Posted August 4, 2009 12:02 AM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Canada »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Politics »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Health »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Technology & Science »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Money »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Consumer Life »

302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive] 302 Found

Found

The document has moved here.

more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »