Broadband declared a basic service in Canada2016-12-23 04:38 by Daniela
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has voted that minimum broadband speeds of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds must be considered "a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians". Furthermore, all customers should have unlimited data options and not be capped, as they often are in rural areas.
Currently, about 18 percent of Canadians, representing 2 million households, don't have access to 50Mbps/10Mbps service. The CRTC's goal is to reduce that to 10 per cent by 2021 and down to zero in the next 10 to 15 years.
"These goals are ambitious, they will not be easy to achieve and they will cost money. But we have no choice," Commission Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said. "The future of our economy, our prosperity, our society - indeed the future of every citizen - requires us to set ambitious goals, and to get on with connecting all Canadians for the 21st century," he added.
While Canadian cities already meet those targets, many rural areas of the vast country have poor speeds and capped data. To help bring them up to par, the regulator also created a C$750 million fund to build and reinforce broadband infrastructure in rural and remote areas over five years.
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