High speed connection to the Internet is vital to social development and economic progress. It’s no longer a nice to have, it’s a “need to have”.
In a country like Canada, urban areas are often very well provided for in terms of high speed Internet connections, but rural and remote communities often face a unique challenge. Many traditional providers have trouble justifying the investment in delivering a great broadband service to rural areas, based on the revenue and profit they can forecast.
A co-op approach can help bridge this gap, creating an economically viable path to ensure that individuals and businesses everywhere can get the connectivity they need. From farmers to tourism operators, students and teachers, high quality Internet service unlocks potential and builds social cohesion.
The Lawrencetown Village Commission set up a co-operative in rural Nova Scotia enabling its residents to install, operate and benefit from broadband services they didn’t previously have access to. The community-led initiative will ensure self-sustained Internet services owned by the subscribers.