Canada’s Broadband Service is Falling Behind - The Intrepid

Monday, June 01, 2009

Canada’s Broadband Service is Falling Behind

Internet Strangle

According to a new OECD report, Canada’s internet is among the slowest and the most expensive in the developed world. Canada ranks ninth out of thirty in terms of bandwidth penetration, fourteenth in price, and twenty-fourth in speed. When all these factors are taken into consideration, Canada drops to twenty-eighth overall, just ahead of Mexico and Poland. "This may be the most telling metric," explains Michael Geist. "Since it confirms that Canadians pay more for less." Not too long ago, Canada led the world in broadband standards. If Canadian ISPs are given free reign to continue to raise prices, throttle customers, and cut services, Canada is only going to fall further behind.

Source: Michael Geist and the OECD’s Broadband Portal Report. Image by koelsche_sonnenschein.