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Ottawa, 25 April 2016

Our reference:  8663-C12-201503186



Re:   Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134Footnote 1 – Questions regarding the Commission’s legal authority

Dear Madams, Sirs,

Parties are invited to provide their views, along with supporting rationale, on the Commission’s legal authority as it relates to certain aspects of retail broadband Internet access services.

Parties who choose to provide views on the questions set out in the Attachment to this letter are to file their submissions by 5 May 2016. The responses must be received, not merely sent, by that date.


Original signed by

John Macri
Director, Policy Framework
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Christine Bailey, CRTC, (819) 997-4557,
Sarah O’Brien, CRTC, (819) 635-3217,

Attach. (1)

Distribution List

Incumbent local exchange carriers

Other telecommunications service providers

Other interveners



  1. Comment on whether the Commission has jurisdiction to mandate the provision of broadband Internet access services at minimum speeds, such as 5 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload, in areas where such speeds are not available. This would include areas where facilities exist but are currently not able to deliver such services (“underserved”), as well as areas in which new facilities would need to be built (“unserved”).
  2. To the extent that a carrier currently provides broadband Internet access services at speeds of at least 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to some households within their operating territory, but not to others within that territory, explain why this does not amount to unjust discrimination or undue disadvantage pursuant to subsection 27(2) of the Telecommunications Act (the Act).
    1. Comment on the Commission’s legal authority to set a price ceiling for an entry-level broadband Internet package.
    2. If you are of the view that the Commission currently lacks the legal authority to impose such a price ceiling, discuss what regulatory measures the Commission must take in order to possess the necessary legal authority (e.g. what sections of the Act must be reapplied).


Footnote 1

Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134, 9 April 2015, as amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-1, 3 June 2015; Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-2, 22 December 2015; Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-3, 14 January 2016; and Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134-4, 9 March 2016.

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