i-Canada … Intelligent Canada: What Does She Look Like?


i-Canada Alliance

i-Canada is a nation of Intelligent Communities large and small, central and remote, all enjoying the economic development, job growth and social prosperity now available in the world’s leading Intelligent Communities or Smart Cities. We will have expanded upon Canada’s “Islands of Excellence” like Moncton, Fredericton and Waterloo who have all been recognized for excellence by the Global Intelligent Community Forum.

If we ask ourselves what a successful i-Canada looks like we would expect to see:

  • Global companies locating here thanks to the unparalleled quality of place and advanced low cost open access ultra broadband communications supporting an array of talent working in an environment conducive to collaboration and innovation.
  • Canada no longer ranks near the bottom of the pack for its broadband performance as it does in 2010: 22nd out of 30 countries in the Harvard Berkman Centre’s recent study for the US Federal Communications Commission and 32nd in the Net International Index of broadband download speeds, ranking behind Moldova, Hungary and Bulgaria. Canada will have reclaimed her crown as one of the world’s leaders in telecommunications.
  • New forms of telepresence collaboration accelerate our rate of innovation and the growth of young companies.
  • Canadians living in the north, or in aboriginal communities, and throughout Canada will have access to our best interactive and diagnostic health services, learning and training services, and business development services …….. all available without leaving home.
  • Open access ultra broadband will allow our new health caregiver support systems to dramatically expand their support for patients with cancer, diabetes and other debilitating ailments. Ageing well in the home through enhanced caregiver support becomes a reality and our healthcare costs per capita decline significantly.
  • Intelligent Transportation becomes a reality with reduced environmental impacts, improved service, shorter travel times and fewer accidents.
  • Teachers are teaching English as a second language from their own homes to students in other countries where ultra broadband is a reality today.
  • Intelligent buildings are substantially reducing the carbon footprint of our communities.
  • Film editors are working from their homes or community business centres and providing film editing services to directors working in other ultra broadband countries. Directors no longer have to fly to the editing studio between film shoots.
  • Educators are providing a more engaging learning experience to meet the diverse needs of learners making the dream of “classrooms without walls” a reality. Learning truly takes place beyond the classroom, tailored to each individual’s own unique style, pace, place and time. Virtual collaboration between parents and teachers really works.
  • “IMAX” to the home and other advanced forms of entertainment and information services are easily connected to community home entertainment centres presenting new ways to watch the Paris Opera, the Super Bowl, Wimbledon Tennis and hundreds of other events.
  • Business is collaborating with our arts and cultural communities and achieving new frontiers in digital media thanks to a competitive blend of creativity and technology that produces new products, services, investments, international trade and employment opportunities for all Canadians. Once again we “Own the Podium”.

Realizing this vision requires an ultra high speed, pervasive, intelligent and trusted open access communications infrastructure that provides citizens, business and institutions with low cost speeds of gigabits per second to every home, school and business.

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