By Christine Dobby
Published Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015
A coalition of groups representing consumers, seniors and anti-poverty activists is calling on Canada’s telecom regulator to force industry players to expand access to high-speed Internet for low-income households and those living in rural areas.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is undertaking a significant review of what constitutes “basic telecommunications service,” and one of the biggest questions will be whether to include broadband, or high-speed, Internet in that definition.
The coalition, which includes the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the community group ACORN Canada, is asking the CRTC to address two central issues related to broadband: accessibility and affordability. The groups filed a lengthy intervention along with survey and expert evidence on Tuesday for the first phase of the CRTC’s consultation.
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