The Internet is used around the world every day by various people for infinite reasons. Some need the net to do their jobs, while others have incorporated Internet usage into daily activities like searching for the coolest new restaurant or communicating with family members. The internet has become integral to the lives of many Canadians.
As such, a number of Canadians want to ensure their Internet is exactly the way they want it, from basic accessibility to the speed in which devices can access it. Some Internet users have even formed a group to ensure everyone's voice is heard, not just big shots at the large Internet service providers (ISPs).
Internet Society comes to Canada
According to the Toronto Star, nonprofit group the Internet Society recently announced it is starting a Canadian chapter. The group seeks to have members' opinions heard on issues like broadband access in rural areas and to have Internet use in Canada be recognized on an international scale.
Actually, it might be surprising to some that this is only now catching on. Not only are Canadians known worldwide for our high Internet usage statistics - we each spend an average of 45 hours a month online, according to ComScore - but we're notoriously early adopters of new technologies. In fact, The CP24 reported that Canada is the last G20 nation to see a sect of the Internet Society established on its shores.
"Canada has played an important role from the early days of the Internet in supporting an Internet that is open, global and accessible as well as in advancing the multi-stakeholder model," Internet Society chief operating officer Walda Roseman explained, according to The Star.
What does this mean for ISPs?
The formation of such a body means that ISPs will likely use the group as a resource and should consider members' views in matters like access and packages offered. The Star reported that the Internet Society hopes to work with Canadian government groups and the nation's technology sector in order to see progress as its chapters do in other countries. Moreover, leaders hope that experts from these industries will join the ranks as well.
"The membership, made up of Canadian-based users who use the Internet to communicate, conduct business and engage with a global community, will shape the chapter's priorities," interim vice president of the Internet Society, Glenn McKnight, explained to The Star.
ISPs that want to provide the best and most-requested services to their constituents will likely require a close working relationship with the Internet Society, so networking will likely happen in the very near future.