Connected country: Most of Canada's 12 million households and one million businesses already have broadband access to the Internet.  — AFP Relaxnews

OTTAWA: Canada’s telecommunications regulator on Dec 21 declared access to high-speed Internet an essential service that must be available to all, including rural and remote areas of the world’s second-largest nation by land mass.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said a new Can$750mil (RM2.48bil) fund would be created to reach the goal of speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.