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Regional & Rural Broadband Project

Connecting
Communities
Across
Canada.

Digital telecommunications infrastructure underlies most, if not all, dimensions of regional economies. Today, the Internet is essential to the well-being of those who live and work in small towns and rural areas.

COMPLETE SOLUTIONS FOR REGIONAL & RURAL BROADBAND ACTION

R2B2 is involved in a number of action-based research activities:

THEMATIC STUDIES

R2B2 engages with a range of partners to conduct thematic studies, including digital agriculture, telehealth, home-based businesses and online learning.

SUPPORTING MUNICIPALITIES

Support to Municipalities on Broadband Feasibility Studies (e.g. Town of Caledon; Town of Collingwood)

SUPPORTING STRATEGIC REGIONAL INITIATIVES

Research partner to Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT), Durham Region, City of Hamilton, etc.

NETWORKING & POLICY ANALYSIS

R2B2 is part of research and community development networks for digital economy and improved rural connectivity across Canada. We provide information for federal and provincial policymaking.

RESEARCH FOCUS

Our research encompasses regional, economic, and geospatial analysis around broadband services and digital infrastructure to identify current and future needs. Our research also includes exploring precision agriculture challenges and opportunities.

THE CONNECTED FARM

Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector has a number of new digital tools and processes as a result of developments in various technological fields. R2B2 calls this “the connected farm” involving integration across real and virtual landscapes. 

LEARN. GROW. INNOVATE.

Stay connected: Review our policy briefs to
examine key issues associated with broadband
connection in rural areas.

INTERACTIVE MAPS & DATA VISUALIZATION

Explore how Internet service quality varies across Ontario with an interactive map displaying the median download speed reported for Forward Sortation Areas from January to April 2022.

Building a Connected

FUTURE

We welcome new collaborations and seek to ensure the best possible knowledge base for “all things rural Internet”. We do this not only for the sake of top-notch research and innovation, but also for the benefit of everyone living in Ontario and across Canada.

Our Partners

We are proud to partner with organizations who support equal internet access for all communities.