Canada Already has 100% Broadband Access
CALGARY, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Allison Lenehan, CEO of Xplornet
Communications Inc, (Canada's leading provider of rural broadband),
expressed concern about the announcement of a federal broadband program
in the 2014 budget.
"We are concerned that the government may be trying to fix a problem
that does not exist. Broadband is already available to 100% of rural
Canada. Our near-term business plan already includes exceeding the
stated 5 Mbps target for all Canadians well in advance of the CRTC's
timelines and going beyond. In fact, Xplornet already makes available a
high speed package (10 Mbps) to 97% of rural Canadians. With extensive
investment and innovation, we are bringing urban quality broadband to
rural and remote Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We sincerely
hope this announcement does not interfere with the ability of the
private sector to meet its own investment and innovation targets" said
"Our goal is to improve capacity and speed for all rural Canadians
beyond 10 Mbps," said Lenehan, "but the only limitation is spectrum,
not funding. The Minister has already announced his intention to take
back unused spectrum, which we support, but that needs to happen
fast. The only thing standing between rural Canadians and faster speeds
now and in the future is spectrum, not funding and not technology. We
look forward to sitting down with the Government of Canada to insure
today's announcement fits with the private initiatives for rural
broadband already underway."
About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada's largest rural broadband service
provider. We believe everyone should have access to the transformative
benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in
Canada, including the hard to reach places. We overcome the challenges
of Canada's vast geography through our deployment of Canada's first
national 4G network, which leverages our hybrid technology network of
fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in
space. Our customers live in towns, villages, just outside of major
urban centres and in the farthest reaches of the country. Through our
coast-to-coast network of local dealers and professional installers we
connect our customers to all that the Internet has to offer. Xplornet is high-speed Internet - for all of Canada.
SOURCE: Xplornet Communications Inc.
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