The Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)'s chairman Konrad von Finckenstein has ordered big phone network owners such as Bell and Telus to offer smaller wholesale companies higher Internet speeds, despite previous disagreement from the government.
To consumers, this means that whatever Internet speeds the big TelCos sell to retail customers, it must also be made available to smaller companies that rent portions of their networks.
However, small providers were denied their request to require phone and cable companies to reconfigure their networks to offer additional services, such as television. Small Internet provider Teksavvy's chief technology officer Marc Gaudrault said that, although pleased with the majority of the decisions made, "the CRTC's approach will entrench the duopolistic nature of the communications wireline services industry in many important markets and stifle the ability of competitors to provide new and innovative services".
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