Jul 22, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A big victory for the little guy.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is forcing the country’s big Internet service providers – to give access to their fibre optic networks – to their competitors.

That means smaller internet service providers, or ISPs, will be able to tap into networks with much higher speeds.

The CRTC  says the move should also foster greater competition in the broadband Internet market.

The big telecom companies, including Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw – have made fibre optic services available to about three million homes across the country – so far.

But they have limited access by smaller ISPs to their slower networks – through cable or copper wire systems.

The CRTC says it is also moving to a so-called “disaggregated model” of providing high speed access – which will require smaller ISPs to invest in equipment – to access networks in different locations.

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