In rural communities and in the North, people pay ridiculously high bills for ridiculously slow Internet.

But decent Internet access isn’t a luxury.  Lower Internet speed equals lower access, lower opportunity and lower status in just about every aspect of modern life. 

And while the digital divide isn’t new, the pandemic has widened it, leaving people from Iqaluit to rural Alberta and Ontario frustrated and fuming at ISPs like Xplornet.

Sula Greene reports.

Music by Thomas Lambe, aka 666God.

Additional music by Audio Network.

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Correction (1/4/2021 at 9:55am EDT): Throughout this episode, the unit of measurement Megabits Per Second (Mbps) is incorrectly pronounced “megabytes” per second, which carries a different meaning.

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