More often than not, the most effective problem-solver is an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs generally display the key ingredients required to get things done: self-interest, curiosity and the desire to see something through to the end.
A case in point is Saskatoon business owner and IT specialist Chris Yeo. A founder of Professional Computer Services, he was unhappy with the internet options available at his Clavet-area acreage, so, he took matters into his own hands and installed his own fibre cable.
Neighbors along the route were invited to hook up. Soon he had a utility delivering high-speed service to a host of rural residents known as Prairie Crocus Rural Internet.
The idea was sufficiently impressive that last week, the federal government announced funding for the project along with several others that are delivering internet service to rural communities and First Nations.
The feds have a plan to ensure high speed service to 98 per cent of Canadians. Programs such as the one Yeo created are a sign that a realm once reserved only for big utilities, like telephone or cable, now includes small, niche operations driven by locally-based entrepreneurs.