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Canada declares broadband as a basic telecoms service

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has declared that broadband internet service is now considered a basic telecoms service for all Canadians, and is setting “ambitious” new speed targets and creating a fund that will invest up
to CND$750 million over and above existing government programmes. The targets are speeds of 50 (mbps) download/10 mbps upload for fixed services, an unlimited data option, and latest mobile wireless technology not only in homes and businesses, but also along major roads. Further, service providers should ensure that contracts are written in clear language, and should make available tools so consumers can easily manage their data usage; and all wireless service providers will have to offer mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities. Read more

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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