High-Throughput Networks for Rural and Remote Communities


High-throughput networks could provide a range of benefits to rural and remote communities, including improved access to education, healthcare, employment, and government and emergency services. However, there are also potential challenges associated with the use of reliable high speed broadband technologies, such as high cost of devices, social disruption, unreliable electricity supply, and a lack of capacity to support and maintain beneficial applications.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched the High-throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program to develop innovative technologies to enable high speed networks for rural and remote communities in Canada. The program will support the development of new photonic technologies for satellite, fixed wireless access, and fiber optic communications. The NRC has asked the CCA to assess the legal, ethical, social, and policy factors specific to the adoption of these technologies in rural and remote communities, including Indigenous communities.

The Sponsor:

National Research Council Canada

The Question:

What are the legal, regulatory, ethical, social, and economic policy challenges associated with the deployment and use of high-throughput secure networks (HTSN) for rural and remote communities, including Indigenous communities, in Canada?