CRTC's Jean Pierre Blais

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais

In yesterday’s announcement, the Canadian Radio Telecommunication Council (CRTC) has decided to open up the incumbent telco’s fiber and access networks to competitors. The goal is to provide consumers more choice in high-speed internet access.

The five largest providers, BCE (Bell Canada), Rogers Communications, Quebecor (Videotron), Shaw Communications and Telus, together control about 75 per cent of Canadian telecom revenues.

Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman said, “As Canadians participate more actively in the digital economy, they will need access to higher Internet speeds to power their broadband homes and businesses. By continuing to mandate certain wholesale services, and including access to fibre facilities, we are continuing our work to drive competition so Canadians have access to more choice, innovative services and reasonable prices. At the same time, we fully expect that companies will continue to invest in their networks, including in fibre technology, to meet the growing needs of consumers.”

Bill Sandiford, the president of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), which represents many independent ISPs, said “The decision will have a profoundly positive impact on Canadian consumers, competition, and competitors.”

For more details on the announcement, see http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1004669