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Canada’s regulator makes broadband fund call

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched a first call for applications for a broadband fund. The CRTC is accepting applications for projects in the Canadian territories and satellite-dependent communities, where there is a great need for improved broadband internet and mobile wireless services. The fund will provide up to $750 million over 5 years to support projects in underserved areas. According to the latest data, in the Canadian territories, no households have access to a broadband internet service that meets the CRTC’s universal service objective and 72% of major roads are not covered by 4G mobile wireless services. The digital divide is also evident in satellite-dependent communities across the country where there is no terrestrial connectivity. Applicants that have at least 3 years’ experience in deploying and operating broadband infrastructure in Canada may apply for funding for projects to build or upgrade access and transport broadband infrastructure or mobile wireless networks. Applicants must invest financially in their project and demonstrate that it would not be viable without the support of the broadband fund. The CRTC’s universal service objective for fixed internet access service is that all Canadians have access to at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload, with an option of unlimited data; for mobile wireless services all Canadians should have access to the latest generally deployed mobile wireless technology (currently LTE) in homes, businesses and along major roads. Read more

  • Monday, 17 June 2019

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