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Digital Divide demonstrated by CRTC broadband availability map


Canada’s digital divide is clearly demonstrated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) where sluggish internet access in northern rural remote areas is falling below CRTC recommendations. This map of Canadian connectivity shows the availability of broadband access at or above target speeds of 5 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload within hexagon areas of 25 square kilometres.

The digital divide between those who have home Internet versus those that do not puts many low-income families at a disadvantage when it comes to access to education, employment, and government services. There is a growing consensus that the digital gap is linked to socio-economic exclusion as well as poverty.

See broadband coverage digital divide at CRTC Broadband Internet Service Coverage in Canada

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