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    Canada Declares Broadband Essential for Its Citizens

    They guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of YouTube. The Canadian government is spending $556 million to link up rural areas, after declaring that 50 Mbps download speeds and wireless access are a “basic telecommunications service” to which all citizens have a right in the 21st century. Telecom officials estimate that 18 percent of Canadians — about two million households — don’t have connections that meet this standard, and the ambitious five-year investment aims to get 90 percent of the country surfing at optimal speed.

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