Cable & Telecom

COMMENTARY: Foolish headlines and vapid reporting sow confusion, spread misinformation

By Greg O'Brien ON SATURDAY, CBC.ca published a story that said nearly 60% of rural Canadians don’t have access to high speed broadband, a piece which of course whipped around on social media and was republished unquestioned by other websites. If I want to be nice, I’d say the story is terribly misleading. What it is though, is just untrue. The story’s sub-headline and again in the body copy says “CRTC data suggests as few as 40.8 per cent of rural households have access to high-speed broadband.” This is, simply put, a false sentence devoid of all context split from...