The CRTC has declared broadband internet a basic telecommunications service.
In a ruling handed down today, the national regulator ordered the country’s internet providers to begin working toward boosting internet service and speeds in rural and isolated areas.
“The future of our economy, our prosperity and our society — indeed, the future of every citizen — requires us to set ambitious goals, and to get on with connecting all Canadians for the 21st century,” said Jean-Pierre Blais, the CRTC’s chair, at a news conference in Gatineau, Que.
“Today’s decision signals a fundamental shift in our regulations for basic services from voice-related issues to broadband-related issues.”
Until now, local landline telephone service was the only service deemed “basic” or essential by the CRTC, although Blais has previously called internet service “vital” and essential to life and success.
With today’s ruling, the CRTC has set new targets for internet service providers to offer customers in all parts of the country download speeds …
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