The CRTC Declares Broadband Internet Access In Canada To Be A Basic Service

Finally, the CRTC does something that I will applaud them for. Actually, they did two things.

First, they declared that Broadband Internet access in Canada is a basic service. That means ISPs have to start providing Broadband Internet access to all Canadians. That includes rural areas and the artic.

Second, the CRTC has set new targets for internet service providers to offer customers in all parts of the country download speeds of at least 50 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps, and to also offer the option of unlimited data. 

Cool.

To achieve that, the CRTC will require providers pay into a fund to facilitate these moves. The companies will be able to dip into that fund to help pay for the infrastructure needed to extend high-speed service to areas where it is not currently available. It also is supposed to keep the telcos from passing these costs along to customers. Good luck with that. 

Finally, the CRTC figures that two million Canadian households, or roughly 18 per cent, don’t have access to those speeds or data. The CRTC’s goal is to reduce that to 10 per cent by 2021 and down to zero in the next 10 to 15 years.

My take? These are all great moves that if they pan out. I will be interested to see if the CRTC will back this up with legislation if the telcos don’t play ball. Which given their track record, I would not be surprised if they don’t. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, and hold both the CRTC and Canadian telcos to account.

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One Response to “The CRTC Declares Broadband Internet Access In Canada To Be A Basic Service”

  1. That will be nice if they will enforce it which I doubt. It’s like other government promises, lots of bark and no action. I live in Ottawa, in the rural area and I’m not even close to the 50/10 speed. And with sites like this one, like many others these days with autoplaying videos, it’s difficult to browse the web.

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