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Public hearing on wholesale Internet access scheduled for July

CRTC not reviewing retail Internet services despite public clamour.

In response to numerous requests, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) clarified the form and scope of its proceeding to review wholesale residential high-speed Internet access services, which was launched on February 8, 2011.

Canadians will have an opportunity to share their views at a public hearing starting on July 11, 2011 in Gatineau, QC. The CRTC will also hold an online consultation. Details of both the hearing and consultation will be announced shortly.

Although the scope of the proceeding will not be limited to reviewing usage-based billing proposals, the CRTC intends to focus on issues such as:

•usage-based charges, whether aggregated between the Small Internet service providers (Small ISPs) or applied to each Small ISP
•usage-based charges driven by peak traffic periods
•an examination of network capacity and congestion

The CRTC will not be expanding the scope, as requested by several parties, to include the billing practices for retail Internet services. There is no evidence that market forces are not working properly in this unregulated market.

Finally, the CRTC will not review, as was also requested by several parties, the overall regulatory framework for wholesale high-speed Internet access services. The overall framework was not part of the decision that is being reviewed and it would not be appropriate to initiate such a wide-ranging review within the current proceeding.

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Posted: March 17, 2011

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