The CRTC is launching the second phase of their review of Canada’s telecommunications services, during which they hope to collect the views of members of the public via an online form, culminating in a public hearing on April 11, 2016 in Gatineau, Quebec.
The telecommunications regulator seeks to invite Canadians “to share their views on the telecommunications services they need to participate in the digital economy.”
The first phase of this consultation was launched in April 2015, since when the CRTC has received more than 25,000 comments.
Noting that reliable and affordable telecommunications now provide the infrastructure for economic development, not to mention access to daily mundane activities like banking, health care, education and government services, the CRTC wants input.
Key questions the CRTC wants Canadians to respond to include:
- What telecommunications services do Canadians consider necessary to participate in the digital economy?
- Which services do Canadians rely on the most to communicate?
- Should the prices for telecommunications services in Canada be similar between urban and non-urban areas?
- What upload and download speeds for broadband Internet service would meet Canadians’ needs?
“As we look to the future of Canada’s telecommunications needs, we are interested in hearing the views of Canadians from across the country, and especially those who do not have access to the technology they need in this digital era,” said CRTC chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Blais. “In order to fully participate in the digital economy, Canadians need reliable, affordable and modern telecommunications services. Wherever you live in Canada, from St. John’s to Prince Rupert to Moose Jaw to Iqaluit, we want to hear from you.”
The CRTC will be conducting a series of focus groups in small communities across Canada, in which a large percentage of the population is either underserved or unserved by telecommunications.
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