Ethernet services remain free of regulation, FTTN status in question

14 Dec 2009

Industry Minister Tony Clement announced a decision on Friday backing up a ruling by telecoms regulator CRTC to exclude Ethernet services from incumbent wireline local access providers from the list of wholesale ‘essential services’ subject to regulation, reports ITWorld Canada. Regarding a call from Bell Canada to ease regulation on fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services, the minister did not make a final ruling but told the CRTC to revisit the matter. The CRTC had refused to allow Bell Canada to sell FTTN services to its own retail customers at higher connection speeds than the wholesale DSL connectivity it sells to independent internet service providers (ISPs).

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