Canada Makes Internet a Basic Service, With Unlimited Data

Just in time for Christmas

#Internet

Sat, Dec 24th, 2016 09:00 by capnasty NEWS

With a $750 million fund created to connect rural areas, the CRTC announced on December 21st new rules, placing Internet access as a basic service, demanding unlimited data, and setting a minimum download speed of 50 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps. Canadian telecoms are not impressed.

He said the coalition’s research, which included public opinion polling, showed support for the idea of paying more for monthly telecom services to help others get online.

“To the extent that there is any nominal increase in their bills, this is something Canadians are behind; they want to see their fellow Canadians having better access, and that’s the result of this decision.”

However, the ruling stopped short of adopting proposals the coalition put forth to address affordability issues, such as setting a low price for a basic broadband plan or establishing monthly affordability subsidies for low-income households.

“That was a bit disappointing,,” Mr. White said, adding that there was significant evidence from low-income Canadians of the sacrifices they make to afford Internet access. [...]

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