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BTLR Report: Creating a next-generation telco industry

OTTAWA — January, 20, 2020: Canada’s telecommunications system is in need of an overhaul and the majority of the recommendations in the report issued by the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel will increase competition in the telecom sector while benefitting the consumer, according to Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC.)

“It’s time to act, but before we do, we need to ensure that we get our vision for Canada’s telecommunications future, right,” says Matt Stein, CNOC Chair and CEO of Distributel. “This is a leap forward for Canadian connectivity as the bulk of the telecom recommendations in this report, if implemented, will help create a next-generation industry.”

Incorporating many of CNOC’s suggestions regarding telecom, in the final report, the panel’s recommendation to revamp the CRTC, giving the newly proposed Canadian Communications Commission a more focused and proactive mandate is the foundation for creating a wholesale regulatory framework that is effective.

“Looking to the future, the competitive landscape in Canada will demand nothing less than smart and effective regulation,” explains Stein. “As a nation, we pride ourselves on being the land of innovators, yet the status quo in Canadian telecommunications is a barrier to competition, restricts consumer choice, reduces affordability and diminishes Canada’s overall competitiveness – Canadians deserve better.”

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About CNOC

CNOC is the voice of Canadian independent ISPs, representing more than 35 competitive telecommunications providers that operate wireline and/or wireless networks in many regions of Canada. CNOC’s mission is to increase the level of competitive choice and innovation in the delivery of communications services to Canadians.