Trudeau Government Budget Plans for Nationwide High-Speed Internet by 2030: Report

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The federal government is set to unveil its budget tomorrow, and according to CBC News, the Trudeau government will announce its intentions to bring high-speed internet across Canada by 2030, as per unnamed sources:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will roll out a multi-year plan in the federal budget to give all Canadians access to high-speed internet by 2030, CBC News has learned.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will outline the specifics in the budget on Tuesday. But a government source said the plan will be paid for with new federal spending and will also rely on the private sector.

CBC News says a second unnamed government source says the broadband investments plan to close the gap on the growing urban-rural divide. The overall goal is to allow people who live in rural areas outside to also “participate in the modern economy”.

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) data for 2018 showed “84% of those who work from home say that high-quality internet access is important, with 55% saying it is critically important.”

In February, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the upcoming budget would include “next steps in our plan to ensure middle-class optimism and an economy that works for all Canadians.”

Last week, Bell, Xplornet and the federal government announced plans to bring faster internet and 5G to Prince Edward Island, as part of a government initiative from Ottawa.

The CRTC is currently mulling the creation of an Internet Code for Canadians, which service providers would need to abide by.

According to the CIRA, 86% of Canadians have a broadband internet connection at home, while laptops, smartphones and tablets are the most popular devices used to access the internet.

The upcoming federal election is set for October 19, 2019.