CRTC launches the Broadband Fund to improve Internet and mobile wireless access

Quick Facts:

  • The Broadband Fund will provide up to $750 million over five years to support projects in underserved areas.
  • The CRTC’s universal service objective for fixed Internet access service is that all Canadians have access to at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload, with an option of unlimited data.
  • The universal service objective for mobile wireless services is that all Canadians have access to the latest generally deployed mobile wireless technology (currently LTE). It should be accessible in homes, businesses and along major transportation roads.
  • The CRTC’s Broadband Fund is designed to complement private-sector investments and public-sector initiatives.
  • Up to 10% of the annual total will be provided to satellite-dependent communities that do not have any terrestrially based telecommunications facilities.
  • Satellite-dependent communities are located in the territories, in the northern parts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and in parts of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
  • A comparative selection approach will be used to evaluate and select projects for funding, which will be conducted in a three-step process: eligibility, assessment and selection.
  • Special consideration may be given to projects proposing to improve service in Indigenous or official-language minority communities.
  • The CRTC’s goal is to achieve 90% coverage by the end of 2021 and 100% as soon as possible within the next decade.
  • Applications must be submitted using the CRTC’s form by October 3, 2019

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