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Canada upholds wholesale fibre regulation

Navdeep Bains, Canada's minister of innovation, science, and economic development, has upheld the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to extend wholesale broadband regulation to fibre to the home. "It means the CRTC has updated its regulatory approach to keep pace with changing technology and consumer demand. The decision strikes the right balance between the private sector having an incentive to invest and consumers having a competitive choice," he said. "Therefore, the Governor in Council is denying Bell Canada's petition and letting the CRTC decision stand." He added: "We are encouraged by the many recent private sector announcements about investing in fibre in Canadian cities, and we will be consulting Canadians on how our $500 million commitment in Budget 2016 will be used to extend broadband service in rural and remote communities." Meanwhile Bell Canada looks to have better luck with mobile acquisition according to Telecom TV: "Bell Canada Enterprises' proposed acquisition of Manitoba Telecoms Services marks the end of the Canadian government's federal policy of fostering competition by ensuring that each province of the country has at least four wireless carriers," it says. Read More

  • Tuesday, 24 May 2016

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