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Reports/Rapports: Affordable Rural Broadband

Source: The Monieson Centre, Queen's School of Business.

Economic vitality in rural areas demands broadband Internet access, particularly in developing hig-hvalue sectors like the creative economy.

In seeking to overcome the recent economic downturn,governments around the world have made providing broadband access a priority, in some instances recognizing it as a basic human right. Various stimulus packages have thus invested in creating farreaching networks to satisfy this objective. This Knowledge Synthesis discusses the challenges of deploying broadband Internet access in rural areas, as well as its benefits. The report includes discussion of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), an initiative by the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) to extend broadband to 95% of rural Eastern Ontario.




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