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CRTC rules on broadband Internet resellers

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has announced a new framework for the wholesale provision of high-speed Internet access by large incumbent telecommunications companies to retail resellers. According to the commission, its recent review of the industry found that large companies continue to possess market power over high-speed access services. The commission will continue to require such companies to make these services available to competitors, including their their fibre facilities. This "disaggregated" service will be implemented in phases nationally, beginning in Ontario and Quebec. The intent is to provide consumers with more choice in services and prices.

"As Canadians participate more actively in the digital economy, they will need access to higher Internet speeds to power their broadband homes and businesses," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the CRTC. "By continuing to mandate certain wholesale services, and including access to fibre facilities, we are continuing our work to drive competition so Canadians have access to more choice, innovative services and reasonable prices. At the same time, we fully expect that companies will continue to invest in their networks, including in fibre technology, to meet the growing needs of consumers."

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