Closing the Broadband Gap

Following the review of Canada’s basic telecommunications services, the CRTC has established a universal service objective that Canadians – in rural and remote areas as well as in urban centres – should have access to voice services and broadband Internet access services on fixed and mobile wireless networks.

The CRTC is also setting new targets for these services:

  • speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband services
  • an unlimited data option for fixed broadband services
  • the latest mobile wireless technology available not only to all homes and businesses, but also along major Canadian roads

New funding for broadband projects

The CRTC is setting up a fund for projects in areas that don’t meet these targets. Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals in order to build or upgrade infrastructure for voice services and broadband Internet access services on fixed and mobile wireless networks. The fund will:

  • make available up to $750 million over the first five years;
  • be complementary to existing and future private investment and public funding;
  • focus on underserved areas; and
  • be managed at arm’s length by a third party.

More info on the fund

The CRTC held a consultation to develop a new broadband funding regime. The CRTC will take your comments into consideration regarding the implementation of the broadband funding regime.

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A new fund for projects that will help ensure that…

  • by 2021, 90% of Canadian homes and small businesses have access to fixed broadband services that offer:
    • speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload
    • unlimited data allowance
  • Canadians have access to the latest wireless technology at their homes, small businesses and on the road

The path forward for Canada’s digital economy

During our consultations with Canadians, we identified further gaps regarding the adoption of Internet services in Canada which are outside of our core mandate. Learn more by reading this report we submitted to the Government’s Innovation Agenda. It includes info on access gaps resulting from infrastructure, affordability and digital literacy issues, as well as barriers to connectivity in First Nations communities.

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