Announcement: CRTC and Broadband

On Dec 21, 2016 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) provided a submission for the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda regarding internet telecommunications services. This decision was a result of an examination into the telecommunication services required by Canadians to participate in the digital economy and the role of the CRTC in ensuring the availability of basic services.

Highlights of this recent CRTC submission include:

  • Broadband internet was declared a basic telecommunications service, meaning that all Canadians should have access to this service.
  • Setting new targets for internet service providers (ISPs) to offer all customers in all parts of the country download speeds of at least 50 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps (by the end of 2021).
  • These speeds set the foundation for future broadband standards in Canada.
  • Canadians with fixed line broadband access should have the option for unlimited data.
  • These options should be available to 100% of Canadian households over the next 10-15 years.

These targets builds on previous announcements in late 2016 with the Government of Canada investing up to $500 million to bring high speed internet service to 300 rural and remote communities by 2021.

Additional information and background for the submission can be found at the link below: