The CRTC said Internet is a "basic service" that must be provided to rural residents, but it stopped short of mandating affordability.
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The CRTC ruled Wednesday, that from now on, access to high-speed internet will be considered an essential service.
Critics say the regulator’s declaration that Internet should be a basic service only addresses access, not affordability.
Everyone in Canada should be able to access high-speed Internet, the country’s telecom regulator has declared, setting bold targets for speeds and establishing a new fund that will invest up to $750-million over five years to expand broadband services to remote regions.
The historic CRTC announcement today was focused in the right direction by declaring broadband a basic service and by recognizing that affordability is a problem. However, the announcement did not include anything about the desperately needed subsidy for urban low income people that ACORN members were hoping to hear.
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