Tanveer Ahmed, Director of Economics and Finance, was interviewed by Charelle Evelyn of The Wire Report on the CRTC's decision concerning Basic Telecommunications Services. Yesterday, the CRTC declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service and set the following targets:
The CRTC is also establishing a new fund to support projects in areas that do not meet these targets. Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals in order to build or upgrade infrastructure for fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The fund:
The 50 Mbps standard is "a bold step by the CRTC," said Tanveer Ahmed, Director of Economics and Finance at Nordicity in a phone interview.
Acknowledging that there will still be challenges for fixed wireless and satellite connections, Ahmed said "from an economic point of view, 50 [Mbps] is an optimum threshold that a developed country should have and most of the developed countries are moving towards this direction."