Canadians Must Be able to Access High-Speed Internet, CRTC rules

CRTC wants Canadians to have access to an unlimited data plan option and speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. The CRTC is also setting ambitious new speed targets and creating a new fund that will invest up to $750 million over and above existing government programs.

High quality and reliable digital connectivity is essential for the quality of life of Canadians and Canada’s economic prosperity.” - said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC

Vancouver-based OpenMedia, a pro-internet organization, described the decision as “truly historic.”