Canada joins the 21st century !

Mike Hammett nanog at
Fri Dec 23 13:18:49 UTC 2016

The government getting involved with the Internet rarely goes well. The FCC is a shining example of how to usually do it wrong. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

Midwest Internet Exchange 

The Brothers WISP 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jean-Francois Mezei" <jfmezei_nanog at> 
To: Nanog at 
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2016 8:59:22 AM 
Subject: Canada joins the 21st century ! 

This is more of an FYI. 

Yesterday, the CRTC released a big decision on broadband. In 2011, the 
same process resulted in CRTC to not declare the Internet as "basic 
service" and to set speed goals to 1990s 5/1. 

Yesterday, the CRTC declared the Internet to be a basic service (which 
enables additional regulatory powers) and set speed goals to 50/10. 

Note that this is not a definition of broadband as the FCC had done, it 
one of many criteria that will be weighted when proposal to get funding 
is received. But hopefully, it means the end of deployment of DSL. 

Also, as a result of declaring it a basic service, the CRTC enables 
powers to force ISPs to contrtibute to a fund that will be used to 
subsidize deplooyment in rural areas. 

It plans to collect $100 million/year, increasing by $25m each year to 
top at $200m which will then be distributed to companies who deploy 
internet to unserved areas. 

By setting the speed standard to 50/10, it basically marks any territory 
not served by cableco as underserved since telco's copper can't reliably 
deliver those speeds. 

Nothing happens for now because a "follow up" process is needed to 
decide how the funding mechanism will work (what portions of a companies 
revenues are counted to calculated its mandated contribution to fund) 
and how the process of bidding for subsidies will work. That could take 
1 to 2 years. 

Also in the decision is the phasing out of the equivalent programme for 
POTS which saw telephone deployed everywhere. The difference is that the 
POTS program had an "obligation to serve" whereas the internet doesn't. 

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