CRTC is having a public hearing our current Canadian Internet Service

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission want’s to know how you feel about your internet.

The regulator launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.

The CRTC plans to hold public consultations in the fall to ask if you have enough internet to be digitally competitive, what kind of upload and download speeds are needed, whether there should be funding tools in place for upgrading telecom equipment and how the industry players should be regulated.

Among the issues it might consider:

  1. What services are necessary to participate in the digital economy.
  2. What kind of upload and download speeds do we need?
  3. Should there be new funding mechanisms for upgrading telecommunications?
  4. How should they be regulated?

As more government and public services are moved online, the regulator said it’s concerned that not everyone will benefit from such things as digital banking, health and other services.

“As our habits change in this digital age, our telecommunications services must keep pace,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.

“Canadians are looking to the future, and the CRTC wants to ensure that the technology they depend on does so as well,” he said.

(Via E Canada Now)

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