"We must allow as many Canadians as possible to access affordable high-speed Internet at the increasingly high speeds they are demanding," Matt Stein, CEO, Distributel Communications Ltd.
The CRTC – as a regulator protecting consumers and promoting the public interest – has made decisions with the stated intention of supporting market and consumer choice. In 2015, the CRTC established a new set of rules under which the big players would be required to provide broadband connectivity to their competitors on a wholesale basis. It was designed to ensure continued robust competition in the Canadian marketplace for Internet services.
CNOC's filing outlines that while the 2015 ruling was well-intentioned, the framework has certain deficiencies and must be repaired. Specifically, today's filing seeks remedies to this framework that will ensure consumers won't face limited choice, and high prices for the Internet services they require.
"It's clear that Canadians benefit from a robust, competitive market for Internet services that depends on independent providers," said Mr. Stein. "Connectivity matters and competition is the best way to ensure affordable access for Canadians in all regions and at all income levels."
Mr. Stein concluded, "We are confident that the CRTC will do what is in the best interest of Canadian consumers."
About Distributel Communications Limited
Established in 1988, Distributel is a leading national, independent telecommunications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services. 100% Canadian-owned, with offices across the country and a national network, Distributel continues to forge new partnerships and bring innovative solutions to market directly and through a thriving wholesale division. ThinkTel, the Business Services Division of Distributel, is a provider of advanced voice and data services for the SMB and Enterprise markets throughout Canada. TV services provided through Zazeen Inc., an IPTV service provider that operates in Ontario and Quebec. As a top Microsoft Solutions Partner and a Cisco PMP, the Business Services division is focused on driving industry innovation. For more information, visit: www.distributel.ca
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