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Prying Loose the Grip of Broadband Giants

Sep 08, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Injecting greater competition into that market lies at the heart of last week's CRTC decision to require incumbent telecom companies -- such as Bell, Bell Aliant, and Telus -- to provide independent ISPs with speed-matched open access to their networks (speed matching enables competitors to offer Internet services to their retail customers at speeds that match the speeds provided by the incumbents to their own retail customers).

"The decision is part of a continuum of hearings and decisions stretching back many years. The CRTC began requiring incumbent carriers to make their wholesale broadband access available to independent ISPs at matching speeds as far back as 2006. When the commission removed the requirement in 2008, the incumbents wasted little time in limiting the speeds available to the independent ISPs, leaving them at an enormous competitive disadvantage"

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