The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced details of its upcoming five-year CAD750 million (USD575 million) fund to improve broadband internet access in underserved areas. The CRTC Broadband Fund is aimed at supporting projects to build or upgrade infrastructure for fixed, fixed-wireless and mobile broadband services, and is designed to complement existing and future private investments and public funding.
Interested parties can apply to the CRTC for funding starting in 2019 (with further details to be outlined in a future announcement); information resources for applicants will be made available in the coming months. The CRTC will use a competitive process to evaluate and select high-quality projects to be granted funds, and will be responsible for monitoring funded projects.
The CRTC has also released details of the criteria used to evaluate Broadband Fund applications plus information on the fund’s governance, operating and accountability frameworks.