"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"