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On December 21, 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that broadband access with a 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speed has become a basic right for all citizens.


  • Operators will need to overcome geographical challenges and technology constraints to meet the new broadband targets, which could make it problematic for them to maintain a similar level of service to all citizens.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the suitability of the new broadband USO targets.
  • Assesses the challenges operators will face in delivering the new USO targets.

Key questions answered

  • How will the new USO be funded?
  • What challenges will operators need to overcome to effectively deliver the new universal service for broadband?

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  • Summary
  • Broadband with download speeds of 50Mbps is established as a basic right for all Canadian citizens
  • Operators will need to overcome geographical challenges and technology constraints to meet new broadband targets
  • The existing local service subsidy regime will be replaced by a new externally managed fund


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