City councillor says Toronto needs high speed Internet access

Councillor John Adams, chair of the city's telecommunications committee, is making a passionate plea to give everyone in Toronto access to high speed Internet connections. He believes that in order to retain Toronto's status as one of the world's premier cities the city will have to invest in a new form of infrastructure, " high speed Internet pipelines" which penetrate every neighbourhood in the city.

Mr. Adams says, "The private sector carriers do a good job of wiring the big shiny buildings but by nature of being for profit entities they might bypass the not so profitable buildings."

According to Mr. Adams small business and the disadvantaged cannot make full use of the Internet because they are unable to afford the connection fees. A low cost City owned Internet network gives small business a chance to expand and the disadvantaged the ability to learn new skills.

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