Grant bankrolls B.C. Internet research

July 26, 2007

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Thanks to a $221,000 grant from the B.C. Ministry of Labour and Citizens’ Services, SFU’s Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) will document the impact of high-speed Internet on communities that have gained broadband access in the past two years. Researchers will look at impacts on the economy, education, health and culture, as well as government electronic service delivery.

"This study will provide communities, government and other stakeholders with important, independent benchmark information to guide their planning," says Richard Smith, associate director of SFU’s School of Communication.

Ninety-one per cent of British Columbians live in communities that can access the Internet, making the province one of the most connected jurisdictions in Canada.

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