Municipal Broadband: Internet for All

Public education for all can’t work if we don’t have internet for all

As Peter Lougheed said, “We must think like owners”. 

Access to the internet is now a necessity. The high cost of service affects participation in school, opportunities in the job market, health care, and many other aspects of daily life for our students, staff, and families.

Municipal broadband is about treating the internet like a public utility, like our roads, street lights, or water service rather than a for-profit private company. It's about breaking the duopoly of big providers and bringing competition back to the marketplace and making sure vulnerable people can still have access. (Backgrounder and my motion here)

Join me in asking school boards and municipalities to take action.

The pandemic has highlighted how vital internet connectivity is. It was inspiring to see Toronto City Council take action in ensuring equitable access to the internet by investing in municipal broadband (ConnectTO). (Read the recommendation here) They will fill in fibre connectivity gaps and provide more affordable options for low-income families who cannot currently afford internet that meets their needs.

Public interest, not excessive private profit.

Many of these telecoms are incredibly profitable. Bell Media took $122 million in payouts from the COVID wage subsidy (CEWS) despite laying off workers and still turning a profit. Rogers, Bell, and Telus collected more than $240 million from Canada’s wage-subsidy program, and Bell and Telus raised shareholder payouts. Telus' yearly net income regularly exceeds $1 Billion.

We can do much better. 

Listen to my interview on 630 CHED about this idea:

 

TAKE ACTION:

I support the Edmonton Public School Board advocating for the establishment of municipal broadband modeled on the example of Connect Toronto and other publicly-owned telecommunications initiatives across North America. 

Until those measures are established, I support advocating to the federal and provincial governments for immediate initiatives to increase accessibility, quality and reduce the cost of internet for students, staff, and families.

Who's signing

William Sacuta
Alexander Long
Haruun Ali
Anju Monga
Theo Keeler
Gary Zeman
Michael Kunicki
Krista Kagume
Hasiba Naamani
hanine El Hamad
Hadi El Hamad
Aarthi Raman
Matthew Pals
Anthony Bayduza
Michele Richards
Patricia Tarr
Charlene Nielsen
Oliver Rossier
Cori Longo
Harold Neth
Xianqiang Liu
Sean Gering
Charles Sedgwick
Megan Corbett
Stephanie Kovach
Martin Edwini-Bonsu
Patricia Grell
Donna Cain
Jay Kristjanson
Jesse Heise
56 signatures

Will you sign?

  • William Sacuta
    signed 2021-02-25 12:53:28 -0700
  • Alexander Long
    signed 2021-02-20 11:30:37 -0700
  • Haruun Ali
    signed 2021-02-18 15:47:49 -0700
    Awesome Idea!
  • Anju Monga
    signed 2021-02-16 19:46:51 -0700
    Great idea
  • Theo Keeler
    signed 2021-02-16 12:58:52 -0700
  • Gary Zeman
    signed 2021-02-16 12:13:05 -0700
    Its 2021 — Internet has to be available to ALL Canadians.It is not an Exclusive Club.
  • Michael Kunicki
    signed 2021-02-16 11:10:14 -0700
  • Krista Kagume
    signed 2021-02-15 10:28:24 -0700
    Access to broadband internet is a necessity. Let’s not fall behind the rest of the world.
  • Hasiba Naamani
    signed 2021-02-14 16:44:30 -0700
  • hanine El Hamad
    signed 2021-02-12 21:15:55 -0700
    l signed
  • Hadi El Hamad
    signed 2021-02-12 21:07:19 -0700
    signed
  • Aarthi Raman
    signed 2021-02-11 16:31:18 -0700
  • Matthew Pals
    signed 2021-02-10 20:29:21 -0700
  • Anthony Bayduza
    signed 2021-02-10 20:10:39 -0700
    Completely agree that internet access is now like access to electricity, natural gas, and water.
  • Michele Richards
    signed 2021-02-10 18:15:00 -0700
  • Patricia Tarr
    signed 2021-02-10 14:26:27 -0700
    Great idea! Let’s do it!
  • Charlene Nielsen
    signed 2021-02-10 14:11:43 -0700
    internet for all will improve equity and inclusivity for all
  • Oliver Rossier
    signed 2021-02-10 13:14:30 -0700
  • Cori Longo
    signed 2021-02-10 11:55:36 -0700
  • Harold Neth
    signed 2021-02-10 11:32:44 -0700
  • Xianqiang Liu
    signed 2021-02-10 10:48:34 -0700
  • Sean Gering
    signed 2021-02-10 09:27:50 -0700
  • Charles Sedgwick
    signed 2021-02-10 08:48:21 -0700
  • Megan Corbett
    signed via 2021-02-10 08:40:25 -0700
  • Stephanie Kovach
    signed 2021-02-10 08:00:54 -0700
  • Martin Edwini-Bonsu
    signed 2021-02-10 07:47:10 -0700
  • Patricia Grell
    signed 2021-02-10 05:28:36 -0700
  • Donna Cain
    signed 2021-02-10 05:24:29 -0700
  • Jay Kristjanson
    signed 2021-02-09 22:01:33 -0700
  • Jesse Heise
    signed 2021-02-09 21:29:10 -0700

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