According to eMarketer, more than 22 million Canadians, or two-thirds of the population, will have regular access to the Internet this year. By 2012, that number will rise to 25 million.
While the number is impressive, it will be far more interesting to see how Canadians use of the Web will be impacted if the proposed – and evil – new copyright legislation is enacted, and how (if?) the federal government does anything to address Net Neutrality.
With enthusiastic adoption of high-speed access, Canadians have been enthusiastic users of the Web but you will excitement and usage decline if there are restrictions on what you can do with it. Another issue is how the copyright bill and Net Neutrality could impact innovation.
Those are much more interesting and bigger issues than the Internet population.