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View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
I certainly appreciate all of the testimony here today. I look forward to your expertise on this report.
Further to Mr. de Burgh Graham's comments, I heard the member for Pontiac last night bragging about how much money they'd received in a largely rural area. The reality for people in Logan Lake is quite opposite from that of Mr. de Burgh Graham. You'll have a café owner who can't get sufficient download speeds to charge their customers' Interac and they have to give free coffees that day. That's a problem. I certainly appreciate that we're focusing on it, and I appreciate the Auditor General making this one of his audits.
I'll start with the CRTC. Mr. Scott, why did you cut your speed target in half from 50 megabits down to 25 megabits?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Sir, with all due respect, you can say that you did not cut it in half, but the reality is that your proposals for projects mandate a speed of 25 megabits and half of the proposed target. To the Canadians I speak to, that sounds a lot like a cut. If you think that 50 megabits is necessary, why would you only accept projects that seek to deliver half of that?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
It does sound, sir, like you're saying that there are two-tier communities. While I do recognize there are costs and there are unique situations, one would think that you would come forward with an actual project plan that would deal with that.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
We'll let Canadians decide, sir.
I'd like to move over to Mr. Knubley.
Deputy minister, I asked you a few months ago if your department would ensure that rural fixed wireless customers would not be negatively impacted in the upcoming government clawback of the 3,500 megahertz. At that time, you expressed to me that you would do your darndest to make sure that rural residents weren't negatively impacted. Is that still your position on this critical issue? I'm hearing concerns from rural Canadians that think the opposite.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Sir, I do appreciate that this is a very complex file, but when your department is speaking about clawing back the 3,500 megahertz spectrum and there's no certainty that they're going to keep it, that is cold comfort.
Further in the Auditor General's report there have been many calls for a complete strategy to addressing the deficit in Internet access for rural and remote Canadians. Even in your own comments you talked about very well-known Canadians—David Johnston, former minister Manley—who have worked long on setting out some of the basic principles toward seeing a national standard and to see rural Canadians fully joining the economy.
So far, the government has refused to produce such a strategy as the Auditor General sought. Why the refusal to develop a strategy thus far? What is the status of the strategy spoken of in the report?
When Canadians hear that the principles have been outlined since 2001 and yet they have the Auditor General saying that those principles have not been formulated in a plan, you can see some of the skepticism. Again, I go to places like Logan Lake, Keremeos and Princeton, where they have concerns about their high speed.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Sir, that does sound oddly like a plan to have a plan. Can you tell us what its status is? When will this plan be forthcoming?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay, well again, an objective is, I think, Mr. Chair, different than a plan.
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
I'll be sharing my time with Mr. Arseneault.
I have a couple of quick questions, but, first of all, despite what my colleagues on the other side are saying, it seems like this strategy is working and there are 900 communities connected or being connected.
My first question is for the deputy minister.
How are we ensuring that the connectivity infrastructure is designed to grow and expand, i.e., to meet newer and higher speed demands? Are the conduits being made? Is the infrastructure being built so that we can expand to faster speeds, or will it have to be rebuilt every time? Is that being looked at when this infrastructure is being built?
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
By that same token, how are you making sure there are clusters, certain service providers? If there are only small communities, with very small populations, you don't want to have Telus in one place and Rogers in another. How are we making sure there is enough critical mass for a cluster to keep expanding, making sure that the speed and the type of service is adequate for the technological needs?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
In this report, the Auditor General recommended that the government create detailed connectivity maps and have those available. In speaking to stakeholders, I've learned that there also seems to be a complete deficit of information on what infrastructure is truly in the ground.
I'm going to ask a question of both industry and the CRTC. Do either of your organizations have a full and complete map of the telecommunications infrastructure that is installed throughout our country?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Do you have an inventory somewhere of all the telecommunications infrastructure and where it is? I do realize that there are some sensitivities about releasing that information to the public, but I'd like to know whether or not the government actually has an understanding of it's own inventory. Are you relying on the information that telecommunications companies give you?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
There is no formal list you have where you've required that. It's just simply “we'd like to know what you have” and then you display some of that information so that Canadians can have that.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
ISED has started to consult on smaller geographic areas for spectrum allocation.
To the Auditor General's office, is that move consistent with the recommendations in your report?
To the industry department, is the thinking that smaller geographic areas will be used for all spectrum auctions going forward?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
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