Canada’s Independent Internet, Television and Telephone Providers Welcome Commitment to Expand Rural Broadband in Conservative Platform

QUISPAMSIS (NB), October 15th, 2019 – The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) welcomes platform commitments from the Conservative Party of Canada to expand rural broadband to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-speed internet.

“The release Friday of the Conservative platform confirms that they join the other major parties in supporting the principle that all Canadians, no matter where they live, should have access to quality high speed Internet services, so that all Canadians can share in the benefits of the digital economy,” said Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA.   “CCSA’s members are equally committed to this important objective and look forward to working with the next government, whomever it may be, to purse its timely achievement.”   

“Rural communities are unique and there is a clear need for more government commitments, funding, and changes to policies to ensure non-urban Canadians receive equal access to vital communications services,” continued Thomson. “We encourage the next government to work with local service providers in order to leverage the expertise, resources and networks that these smaller providers have already established.  Local providers are successful entrepreneurs, are highly motivated to provide connectivity to their communities, and can stretch the dollar much more-so than the large communications companies so that maximum return on investment is achieved.”

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ABOUT THE CCSA:

The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) represents more than 110 Independent companies providing internet, TV & telephone services across Canada. Those companies serve hundreds of thousands of customers in communities generally outside urban markets, from coast to coast to coast. They include community cooperatives, family businesses, municipalities and companies owned by Indigenous Peoples. They connect hundreds of thousands of Canadians who otherwise might not have access to these critical communications services.  For more information, visit http://ccsaonline.ca.

Contact:

Sarah Miller

Manager, Government Relations                                                                                                                        

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Phone:  (506) 849-1334 ext. 205                               
Email:  smiller@ccsaonline.ca