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(PIAC 31/August/2010)—Yesterday’s CRTC decision to allow competitors access to important broadband facilities owned by incumbent telephone companies and cable companies was applauded by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) that represented consumer groups in the proceeding that gave rise to the Commission Decision.
“It is a common sense decision that speaks to the need for Canadians to have more choice, better service and prices, said Michael Janigan, Executive Director and General Counsel of PIAC. Janigan further noted that, “the Commission was careful to balance the needs of the suppliers of the facilities to recover their investment with the requirements of competition and the needs of Canadian customers. We may accordingly see some greater efforts to fracture the current broadband duopoly”.The Telecom Regulatory Policy decision, CRTC 2010-632, is on the CRTC web site.