Areas to Enhance Broadband Access
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Maps indicating the areas without speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband services; communities without high-capacity transport infrastructure; and where homes or major roads do not have access to Long-term Evolution (LTE) mobile wireless service.
Coverage maps based on data as of December 2019 will be published with the Broadband Fund call for applications. This update to the 2017 maps below will include map information and associated data submitted by telecommunications service providers in the last request for information.
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- Communities without high-capacity transport
- Inhabited areas without 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband access
- Inhabited Areas without LTE
- Major roads without LTE
- Population centres
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- The broadband access and transport coverage information has been collected by the CRTC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada through consultation with Internet Service Providers.
- These maps are representative of the coverage of fixed broadband and LTE mobile wireless service as of December 2018, and transport coverage as of August 2017.
- Areas that are shown as hexagons are inhabited areas in which no household has access to 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband or mobile wireless LTE service. A major roadFootnote 1 is a road classified by Statistics Canada as having a street rank code of 1 (Trans-Canada highway), 2 (National highway system), or 3 (Major highways).
- Communities without high-capacity transport are defined as a small population centres with a population of fewer than 30,000 residents, located at least 2 km away from a transport point of presence with a minimum capacity of 1 Gbps.
- Broadband coverage within a community will depend on its size, broadband network design, local topography and other factors. In some instances, Internet service providers will not be able to provide service to 100 percent of households within a community or hexagon designated as being able to receive 50/10 Mbps speeds or LTE coverage. The CRTC receives data from service providers and cannot guarantee that this information is accurate.
- Population and dwellings counts are rounded up to the nearest whole unit.
- Listed Internet service providers exclude direct-to-home satellite and dial up internet services providers.
- Broadband speeds are based on advertised speeds.
List of satellite-dependent communities
A map of satellite-dependent communities based on data as of December 2018, will be published with the Broadband Fund call for applications. This update to 2014 list of satellite-dependent communities maps below will be based on information submitted by telecommunications service providers in the last request for information.
The 2014 Satellite Inquiry Report identified a list of the various satellite-dependent communities in Canada. Satellite-dependent communities are defined as communities that have no connection to terrestrially-based telecommunications facilities for connection to the public switched telephone network and/or the Internet, and that relies on satellite transport to receive one or more telecommunications services (such as voice, wireless [both fixed and mobile], and Internet services).
List of satellite-dependent communities (2014)
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