Regulator orders Rogers to maintain wholesale access over RFoG DOCSIS

14 Nov 2016

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that Rogers Communications must offer alternative ISPs wholesale access to its newest high speed fibre access infrastructure in Toronto. The ruling followed a complaint from ISP TekSavvy implying that competition was being negatively affected in the Bayview Mills condominium complex where Rogers had upgraded its cable distribution network from DOCSIS over HFC to DOCSIS over Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG), which the regulator classes as fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP). Rogers had notified TekSavvy that no new customers could be connected via the ISP’s wholesale arrangement with Rogers in the Bayview Mills complex from December 2015 until the CRTC’s new wholesale access policy was finalised and in effect (a process which remains ongoing), but the CRTC has now told Rogers to continue to provide access to TekSavvy’s (and any other competing ISP’s) existing and new retail end-users.