Ep. 25: The CRTC Decision on Competitive Internet Pricing: A Conversation with George Burger

Last month the CRTC issued its final decision in a lengthy battle over the rates that independent internet providers pay for wholesale access to the broadband networks run by big incumbents such as Rogers and Bell. The Commission slashed prices rates and made its decision retroactive, an approach that sparked anger and lawsuits from the incumbents who are now in Canadian courts seeking to overturn the CRTC ruling and stop it from taking effect. Meanwhile, several Canadian independent ISPs wasted no time in responding to the decision, dropping their consumer prices and neatly illustrating the impact of lower rates and more competition. Here to discuss the CRTC decision and the state of competition for Canadian internet services is George Burger, one of the founders of V Media and a frequent commentator on Canadian telecom issues.


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