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April 11, 2016

CRTC kicks off hearing on Internet access

Internet speeds “at or above” the CRTC's target of 5 megabits per second load and 1 megabit per second upload within hexagon areas of 25 square kilometres “may not be achievable throughout the entire LTE coverage area.”

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today begins a public hearing which will tackle whether or not high-speed Internet should be considered a basic communication service.

Dozens of broadband issues will be considered in the regulators Lets #TalkBroadband hearing but the main focus is expected to be four key questions:

  • How should broadband access be extended throughout Canada and its remote northern territories?
  • Should high-speed Internet access be considered a basic telecom service?
  • If it should, how will broadband speeds and services be defined?
  • How will the service be paid for?


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Nestor Arellano

Nestor is a Toronto-based journalist who specializes in writing about technology and business. He is the editor of Vanguard Magazine and the associate editor of IT in Canada and a regular contributor to CGE.

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