OTTAWA-GATINEAU, July 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched an online
consultation to hear the views of Canadians about their access to basic
telephone and Internet services. This consultation is part of a
proceeding that will include a public hearing beginning on October 26,
2010, in Timmins, Ontario.
In 1999, the CRTC set out the basic services that telecommunications
companies should offer to Canadians, which include local service on an
individual telephone line and access to low-speed Internet at local
rates. Over the last decade, new technologies have changed the way that
Canadians communicate and do business. There has also been an increase
in competition between telephone and cable companies to provide
telephone and Internet services.
The CRTC is examining its current regulations in response to these
technological and competitive changes in the telecommunications
industry. More specifically, the CRTC is asking Canadians whether the
obligation to provide certain services should be modified in light of
the technologies available today.
Through the online consultation, the public is invited to discuss
various topics and questions. The topics for discussion are:
the services that should be included as part of a basic telephone
the role of the CRTC in ensuring that Canadians have access to
broadband Internet service
whether cellphones can serve as a substitute for landlines, and
whether wireless Internet services can serve as a substitute for
landline Internet services.
The online consultation will close at midnight EST on August 20, 2010
and can be found at www.obligationtoserve.publivate.ca.
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
These documents are available in alternative format upon request
SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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