CRTC rules high-speed Internet a basic service, sets targets

Christine Dobby, Globe, Mail, Dec 22, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This is a pretty basic issue in our household. The targets set by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - at least 50 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps - are five time download (and 10 times upload) what we are currently able to reach here in Casselman, a rural community roughly half way between Montreal and Ottawa. There's no excuse for it, not when telecommunications companies made $8 billion in profit last year. Related: Michael Geist column.

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