include a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework applicable to all wholesale high-speed access services (â€œWHSASâ€) provided by incumbent local exchange carriers and cable carriers (collectively â€œincumbentsâ€) to their competitors and to include from the outset, in the expanded proceeding, an online consultation and a public hearing, and certain additional procedural steps.
The letter makes it clear that CNOC is seeking nothing less than a complete overhaul of the regulatory framework for broadband competition in Canada. The organization argues that “incumbent wholesale high-speed services, including the last-mile access, constitute the broadband platform that competitors need to offer almost all telecommunications and broadcasting services to consumers.” It adds:
CNOC proposes several broad questions including the prospect of revisiting the ADSL-CO service. Moreover, CNOC asks the CRTC to move quickly to include an online consultation and oral public hearing, with the goal of reaching its determination by the end of the year.