Hutchison believes the same.
The i-Canada Alliance encourages local governments to become intelligent communities. That’s not a cliché. The Intelligent Community Forum was formed over a decade ago to promote using technology for the betterment of citizens.
Every year it chooses an Intelligent City of the year. On Wednesday it will announce the seven finalists from 21 cities around the world. Previous Canadian winners include Calgary and Waterloo, Ont.
A co-founder of the CANARIE research and education broadband network, which links provincial and territorial research networks across the country, Hutchison says that generally intelligent communities have higher rates of innovation, investment and employment growth than others.
It’s not only about broadband, he says, but broadband is a foundation for new ways communities can deliver services.
According to international indexes, he says, Canada suffers from a lack of productivity, a lack ultra high speed broadband and high prices compared to other industrial nations, he said.
As for the alliance’s plan to create a grand coalition, Hutchinson doesn’t have an idea of how the goal of 1 Gbps for everyone would be achieved. But, he certain that “if we (a wide range of groups) really wanted to sit down and solve this issue we could come up with a great solution.”