Ottawa (ON), November 2, 2018 – Yesterday, William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac submitted a Private Member’s Motion asking the House of Commons to recognize the importance of reliable and accessible digital infrastructure to the economic development of rural regions and to the health and safety of Canadians.
M-208 also asks the government to continue its efforts to improve rural connectivity and to examine the possibility of enabling further rural digital infrastructure investments. Furthermore, it requests that the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology undertake a comprehensive study on rural wireless infrastructure, and that the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security undertake a study on the public safety dimensions of rural wireless infrastructure.
“Since the beginning of my mandate, Pontiac constituents and municipal councils have consistently urged me to help address the lack of digital infrastructure, from broadband internet to wireless telecommunications″, said MP Amos. “Reliable and accessible digital infrastructure enables Canadians to grow their businesses, create jobs and connect with the global economy. It is also essential to the safety of Canadians, particularly during emergency situations. Canadians in rural and remote regions deserve dependable digital infrastructure″.
“I look forward to working with municipalities in Pontiac and across Canada to demonstrate the urgent need for enhanced internet and cellular infrastructure″, adds Amos.
M-208 will be tabled and debated in the House of Commons in early 2019.
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The full text of the motion can be found here.