With so many ISP instituting caps and limits on their customers, government oversight agency gets set to investigate
By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press
Canada’s telecom regulator is asking Internet users whether they’re getting enough speed — and enough bang for their buck.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.
It wants to know what services Canadians need to be digitally competitive, what kind of upload and download speeds are needed, whether there should be funding tools in place for upgrading telecom equipment and how the industry players should be regulated.
The CRTC says it will gather information before holding public hearings on the issue a year from now.
As more government and public services are moved online, the regulator said it’s concerned that not everyone will benefit from such things as digital banking, health and other services.
“As our habits change in this digital age, our telecommunications services must keep pace,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.
“Canadians are looking to the future, and the CRTC wants to ensure that the technology they depend on does so as well,” he said.
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It’s refreshing to learn that the CRTC is responding to the issues with the telecom marketplace because Canadians are paying far too much for their data connections, and many vendors are taking advantage of regional infrastructure issues and forcing many consumers to pay through the nose. By expanding the national broadband footprint, more Canadians will be able to pick and choose their service provider instead of just having to take it. Competition is good!
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