CRTC Windfall for Incumbents

The CRTC’s Decision last week for the Deferral Account was a gift for Bell and TELUS capital budgets. The Decision takes money that had been accumulating and requires that the incumbent carriers spend 95% on expanding broadband access to underserved territories and take the rest to improve access for the disabled.

BC and Ontario should be the biggest winners – Alberta already spent tax dollars on its SuperNet project; Quebec’s remote territories, in general, don’t belong to Bell. We’ll want to watch to see what happens with Fixed Wireless.

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