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We need to get all Canadian students online quickly in the face of pandemic uncertainty – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 2, 202046 Views

COVID-19 isolation has settled the ‘is the internet a basic service?’ debate once and for all

Jun 02, 2020

This column is an opinion by David Fowler, vice-president of marketing and communications at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) in Ottawa. He currently serves on the board of directors for Media Smarts and CENTR. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

What would you do if your internet connection suddenly stopped working? What if you couldn’t get back online for months? With millions of students across Canada forced to do their schooling from home due to COVID-19, internet access has never been more important.

Unfortunately, high-quality internet connections remain too expensive for some Canadians or are simply unavailable where they live. Meanwhile, students who need the internet more than ever have lost their sources of reliable connection through schools or public libraries.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-children-students-internet-access-1.5583321

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