CRTC Orders Cable Carriers to Reduce Rates for ISPs

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has ordered cable carriers to take
25 percent off the retail lowest rate charged to ISPs for use of high-speed Internet services.

The cable companies are required offer the new resale rate within 90 days. The discount will be maintained until competing ISPs connect to the cable carriers’ facilities, part of a commercial access package expected to be operational by the middle of next year.

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers applied for a decision on the case in
June. The group has accused the cable carriers of deliberately delaying the availability of access services.

The CAIP also filed two petitions against Bell Canada, one in December and one in April, accusing the company of uncompetitive practices in its ASDL service retail.

CAIP is Canada’s national association of Internet service providers, with more than 150 members in nine provinces.

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