May 11, 2016
By Michael Kramer
A CRTC decision is getting the thumbs-up from the federal cabinet.
The move forces Canada’s big Internet providers to share their high-speed infrastructure with smaller carriers – at a wholesale cost.
Bell Canada had requested the Liberal government overrule the regulator’s decision.
Bell said it would discourage innovation – because it would force the company to stop investing in technology.
But the minister responsible for the telecom industry, Navdeep Bains, says in a statement – that middle-class and low-income families need access to affordable, high-speed Internet.
Bains says the wholesale broadband ruling helps to enable retail competition in the market.
The appeal came after July 2015 decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission – ordering Canadian telecom giants to provide other Internet providers – with wholesale access to their fibre optic networks.