In August, the #CRTC lowered the rates that smaller providers pay to sell internet service to customers. Big Telecom was caught overcharging these guys by so much they now have to reimburse them by hundreds of millions of $$$.
- Big Telecom appealed the decision to federal court.
- They've appealed the decision at the CRTC.
AND, they've now asked the government to step in and overturn the Commission's decision.
This is a rarely used procedural trick, but they've tried it before. Immediately following the 2015 election, they asked the government to overturn the CRTC's decision to open up fibre access for small providers.
And they LOST.
Big Telecom is putting profits first, and trampling on those we need affordable internet the most.
Rural communities are being left behind. Families are being forced to choose between meals and Internet.
They're losing hold of the market. They're seeing competition increase, and rates come down. And they're seeing the writing on the wall -- their oligopoly days are numbered.
- The fate of wholesale fibre to the premises (FTTP), determining when & how we will get access to fibre connections via smaller providers
- The future of mobile, including the introduction of MVNOs
Get this: in their own court filings, Bell said they will have to *lower their own rates if this much competition continues.*😱
That's the whole point!!!