CCSA Welcomes INDU Committee Recommendations for Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada

Quispamsis (NB), April 18, 2018 - Canadian Cable Systems Alliance CEO Jay Thomson issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s Report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) regarding Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada:

“We congratulate the Committee for its clear understanding of the many challenges Canadian Internet providers face in extending broadband service to rural and remote areas and for its thoughtful and constructive recommendations to address these challenges. We were honoured to have the chance to appear before Committee to speak about the need for enhanced broadband communications infrastructure in rural and remote communities, and we are pleased to see INDU’s report highlighting some of our recommendations which will go a long way towards serving areas that are most in need. We strongly agree with the Committee’s view that small providers could deploy broadband Internet in rural and remote areas in an economically profitable manner should the Government of Canada adapt the regulatory framework to their means, especially with regards to spectrum and network management, along with funding allocation.

We look forward to working with the Government to implement the Committee’s recommendations so that Canadians, wherever they live, can enjoy the benefits of broadband connectivity."

The Canadian Cable 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.



Cheryl Mangusso
Manager, Communications
Phone: (506) 849-1334 ext. 217