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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

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