The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has directed the large telephone compan...
September 1, 2010
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has directed the large telephone companies to rebate $310.8 million to their urban home telephone customers. At the same time, the CRTC has approved a plan for the deployment of broadband Internet service to 287 rural and remote communities.
“Today’s announcement is a positive solution for Canadian consumers,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, chairman of the CRTC. “Subscribers of the major telephone companies in urban areas will enjoy a rebate on their home telephone service. And residents in hundreds of rural communities will soon be able to take advantage of the many social and economic benefits broadband Internet access provides.”
Over the next four years, broadband Internet service will be rolled out to communities where it is currently not available.
This service will be comparable to urban areas and fast enough to link residents to telehealth services and bring about business and educational opportunities. The large telephone companies will use funds that have accumulated in their deferral accounts to pay for these initiatives.
The companies will make investments totaling $421.9 million to expand their networks: Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Regional Communications will connect 112 communities in Ontario and Quebec; Telus Communications Company will connect 159 communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec; and MTS Allstream Inc. will connect 16 communities in Manitoba.
The CRTC has ordered the companies to rebate the remaining funds to their existing customers residing in urban areas. The rebate must be credited within the next six months and will range from approximately $25 to $90 per subscriber.