For those of you who don’t live and breathe internet regulatory news like we do, the CRTC stands for the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Essentially, the CRTC is supposed to operate as an independent public authority in charge of regulating and supervising Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications. On the CRTC website, they describe their role as it pertains to the internet services industry as follows: “We set wholesale rates to facilitate greater competition between Internet service providers and to promote innovative broadband services and affordable prices.” At least, that’s supposed to be what their mandate is.
Lately, it’s been pretty hard to keep up with them considering their ever-changing stance on internet access rates in Canada. The CRTC’s recent decision to reverse its own 2019 ruling is hard for us to understand. We know it’s confusing for many of our customers too, which is why we’ve put together the following graphic to help illustrate the long and winding road of the CRTC’s access rate saga.
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