Rural technology matters — a lot!
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities recently noted that "broadband Internet access has become fundamental to modern life, and has the power to transform rural and northern Canada.
Networks contribute to economic growth by improving productivity, providing new services, supporting innovation, and improving market access.
Unfortunately, the “digital divide” remains a reality in rural and remote communities and First Nations, as some are without broadband coverage while others remain underserved by insufficient bandwidth and network capacity to meet rapidly evolving user demands.
It's crucial rural residents and leaders understand the fundamental importance of having access to adequate bandwidth if their communities are to survive, let alone prosper, as we move deeper into the 21st century.
Understanding what comes after connectivity arrives in rural communities is an area of needed research. We've seen rapid growth and skyrocketing housing prices as digital nomads escape the expense of urban living for rural life.
Key Links & Success Stories
Tale of Three Cities: Rural Tech-Based Innovation
High Speed Internet Expands in Rural BC & First Nations
Innovation centre sparks excitement in Salmon Arm
Haida Gwaii gains high-speed internet
Digital Nomads Rock Revelstoke
Ontario's rural Huron County hopes to attract Millennials by laying fibre
Pathways to Technology, an initiative to bring affordable high-speed Internet to all 203 First Nations in BC
Connecting British Columbia Program
First Nations Technology Council
Bringing broadband access to rural and remote communities in Canada
'Closing the Broadband Gap:' the CRTC's new commitment to expand high-speed internet in Canada
'Cloudification' Will Mean Upheaval in Telecoms (The Economist)
June 1st and 2nd, 2023 in Kelowna, BC at the Hampton Inn We are planning to cover many of the challenges and opportunities facing rural…
The Kootenay Connectivity Benefits Study, released by BC Stats, finds high-speed internet connectivity expansions in rural, remote and Indigenous communities positively impacts both local and…
Are you getting the internet speeds you’re paying for? A digital divide persists between rural and urban Canadians. CIRA is mapping this divide through their…
Kaslo, BC, a small, isolated West Kootenay village surrounded by rugged mountains and a 120 km-long lake, is home to one of the world’s smallest…
As many rural communities struggle to reinvent their economies in the wake of wrenching change, the small BC town of Canal Flats has embraced new…