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Canada joins the 21st century !
On 2016-12-23 10:37, Seth Mattinen wrote:
> It would certainly suck to be an ISP in Canada and be forced to fund
> your competitors. Or does Canada not have any small privately run ISPs
> like we do in the US?
We not only have smaller ISPs, but also a wholesale framework where ISPs
can purchase access to last mile from the incumbents (telco and cable).
The current plan (which will be defined in a subsequent proceeding)
calls for any ISPs with more than 10 million in revenues to contribute
to the fund, the amount being a percentage of their revenues.
The percentage will be adjusted annually to cause contributions to the
fund to total the desired amount ($100 million on year 1, increasing by
$25m until iut reaches $200).
And yeah, this means ISPs contribute money which will be used by a
competitor to deploy in rural areas.
Of course, since we're talking about billions to get all Canadians
connected, this is peanuts.