Broadband Internet Consultation – April 25, 2017

Broadband Internet Consultation

April 25, 2017

OTTAWA – Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is conducting a public consultation on a new fund to bring broadband internet access to Canadians living in underserved areas in the country.

Broadband internet access service is necessary for Canadians to fully participate in the digital economy and empowers them as citizens, creators and consumers. “While most are well-served, many Canadians, including those in the rural areas of our Yellowhead riding, do not have access to broadband internet access services that are comparable to those offered to the vast majority of Canadians in terms of speed, capacity, quality and price,” stated MP Eglinski.

Last December, the CRTC issued an important decision following the Let’s Talk Broadband proceeding during which more than 50,000 Canadians provided their views on the telecommunications services they need to participate in the digital economy. In this decision, the CRTC announced that broadband internet access service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. New ambitious targets were set and a new funding mechanism was announced.

Today, the CRTC published a Notice of Consultation to examine the eligibility and assessment criteria to be used in the assessment of funding applications as well as the governance structure of the new funding regime. To participate in this consultation, please visit: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-112.htm.

“Ensuring availability of broadband internet access service is a shared responsibility that will only be attained with the help of everyone involved,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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