Review of Basic Telecommunications Services Underway

The Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) has issued a notice of consultation to examine its policies regarding basic telecommunications services in Canada including affordability, level of service and whether areas are underserved or without service.

The review will be undertaken in two phases.  The deadline for comments on Phase 1 deliberations is June 30, 2015.  Phase 2 will commence in the fall of 2015 and will focus on asking Canadians to provide their opinions on the “telecommunications services they consider necessary to participate meaningfully in the digital economy today and in the future.” Further details on the scope and procedures for phase 2 will be forthcoming at a later date.

UBCM will be working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to prepare a submission as part of the Phase 1 deliberations.  Local governments wishing to make a submission can do so directly to the CRTC, but UBCM would request that a copy of your submission be sent to Marie Crawford, UBCM Associate Executive Director, so we can ensure your feedback is incorporated into the FCM’s response.

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