GATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s communications regulator is forcing the country’s big Internet service providers to offer competitors access to their fibre optic networks.
The new requirement will give smaller Internet service providers, or ISPs, access to much higher speed networks.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says the move should also foster greater competition in the broadband Internet market.
“Large incumbent companies will now have to make their fibre facilities available to their competitors,” the CRTC said in a decision released Wednesday. “This measure will ensure that Canadians have more choice for high-speed Internet services.”
The big telecom companies, including Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw, have so far made fibre optic services available to about three million homes across the country.
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