CANADA’S CRTC SLASHES ‘UNREASONABLE’ ISP WHOLESALE RATES FOR FAST BROADBAND
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has slashed the fees charged by large incumbent internet service providers (ISPS) for wholesale high-speed access services.
In a bid to boost competition and consumer choice, Canada’s telecoms regulator has lowered interim rates, forcing ISPS to lower their charges to rivals wanting to access their networks.
The regulator found that “the rates proposed by certain of the large companies were not just and reasonable and had to be revised downwards” and declared that large companies “must grant competitors access to their networks at rates, terms and conditions that are set by the CRTC”.
The CRTC had launched proceedings to examine the rates charged by large operators for aggregated wholesale high-speed access services and directed Bell Canada, Cogeco, MTS, Rogers Communications, Sasktel, Shaw, Telus and Vidéotron to submit new tariffs for the services used by their competitors for the provision of internet, television and telephone services.
“Competitors that provide retail internet services to Canadians using wholesale high-speed services must have access to these services at just and reasonable prices. The fact that these large companies did not respect accepted costing principles and methodologies is very disturbing,” said Jean-pierre Blais, CRTC’S chairman and CEO.
Jean-pierre Blais, CRTC’S chairman and CEO: Just and reasonable prices