Canada was just ranked one of the most internet-connected countries in the world
Canada is one of the most internet connected countries in the world, according to a new study.
The Economist Intelligence Unit scored 100 countries on their internet inclusivity, considering factors such as availability, affordability, relevance, and readiness.
Canada ranked number seven on the list.
Even as internet access increases globally, the pace of growth is slowing, especially in low-income countries. Click below to learn more from our Inclusive Internet Index 2020. (Via @Facebook) https://t.co/iq3ahm4YQw— The Economist Intelligence Unit (@TheEIU) February 27, 2020
According to the study, other high-achieving countries for internet inclusivity include Sweden, New Zealand, the United States, Australia, Denmark, and South Korea.
So why did Canada score so high?
Well, mostly due to its internet affordability.
According to the study, "A competitive broadband market is a factor underpinning relatively affordable fixed broadband costs, and a major reason behind Canada's 7th place ranking overall this year."
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Unfortunately, Canada scored less favourably for internet relevance, especially in the "e-health and entertainment content;" basically, Canada's top 25 most-visited websites don't end in .ca, which majorly damaged the score.
Similarly, Health Canada does not provide enough helpful information and links to relevant content, according to the study.
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The EIU also found that internet growth in middle and low-income countries is slowing, which means that — even though half the world is already connected — the remaining share will be harder to reach.
In contrast, Canada and other high-income countries continue to approach universal internet access.
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