OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) confirmed
that the new wholesale rates for independent Internet service providers
(ISPs) will be implemented on February 1, 2012.
The large telephone and cable companies will proceed as scheduled with
their proposed implementation plans, with the exception of the Bell
companies. Their implementation plan has been modified on an interim
basis while the CRTC resolves issues raised by the Canadian Network
"We are moving ahead with the implementation as planned to ensure that
independent ISPs will continue to offer competitive and innovative
services to Canadians," said Leonard Katz, the CRTC's Acting Chairman
and Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications. "Some temporary adjustments
have been made to ensure a smooth transition to the new billing regime
and to ensure consumers are not inconvenienced."
As an interim measure, independent ISPs who are customers of the Bell
companies will have the flexibility to either merge their business and
residential Internet traffic, or keep them separate.
In November 2011, the CRTC established how large telephone and cable
companies should charge independent ISPs for the use of their networks.
In the case of wholesale residential and business services, the large
telephone and cable companies may charge a flat monthly fee regardless
of how much bandwidth customers of the independent ISPs use. The
flat-rate model took effect November 15, 2011.
These decisions affect only the wholesale services the large telephone
and cable companies provide to independent ISPs. The CRTC does not
regulate the rates or packages that ISPs offer to consumers.
Telecom Order CRTC 2012-60
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
News release, "CRTC supports choice of Internet services," November 15,
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-703
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-704
SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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