The Internet as we know it today is barely 25 years old. The world went from AOL dial-up and service that went at the speed of smell to today’s high-speed connections and the ability to effortlessly watch movies online. The Internet has come a long way, but there’s still a lot of growing up to do. This is particularly true in Canada where the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission has put the question about where Internet service will go to the general public. Responses were mixed, but some of the loudest ones came from the group Cybera. In general it agreed with those who are asking how the Internet will change the world, in addition to how it will change Canada.
Beyond The Business Internet Bundle
Predictions far and wide have said that the Internet will be the new electricity; something people demand as a right and which is interwoven into the fabric of everyday society. Internet will be more than just business broadband; it will be how people receive their news, how they connect with people all over the world, and how they receive their educations as well as their entertainment. Just as people don’t question that a home will be wired for electricity, so people of the future will expect any civilized space to come with Internet access.
Stepping away from predictions of sweeping global change for a moment though, it’s predicted at this point that Canadian residents will be wired for high speed Internet through both fiber optic cable and through phone service. This is a huge undertaking given the sheer size of Canada and how many people it has living in fairly inhospitable locations, but it seems clear that the government intends to make Internet access as universal as possible.
The Immediate Benefits of Access
While it’s possible that universal Internet access will lead to borders being erased and nations of people coming together based on similar interests and feelings, the more immediate impacts of Internet in Canada are a lot more measurable. Businesses will have access to nationwide, as well as to global markets, with the help of services like NEWT (http://business.fibernetics.ca/). The same is true of customers who want to get the best prices for their needs. Internet access will also lead to a more informed populace, and it will lead to quicker political action on Canadian issues. From that point onward it’s impossible to predict specific effects, but these are the ones that seem most likely.
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