Credit where credit is due: Minister Bains edition
The federal government took the advice of nearly 80,000 Canadians and rejected Bell Canada’s appeal.
The federal government took the advice of nearly 80,000 of you, who asked them to reject Bell’s appeal to overturn a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruling in favour of opening up access to Canada’s fibre infrastructure.
Earlier this month, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the Liberals had denied Bell’s request, launched immediately after the October election.
If the appeal was granted it would have seen Bell given a monopoly over their fibre network. The CRTC’s landmark ruling last July strengthened the rights of smaller internet providers to have access to the network, allowing for more competition in Canada’s telecom space.
Upholding the CRTC’s decision is a huge win for Internet users in Canada.
So, from all of us at OpenMedia, thank you Minister Bains.