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Debate over public versus private networks erupts at Canarie conference

News | 12/04/2000 5:00 am EST

The growing trend towards publicly community fibre networks, and a federal research agency’s endorsement of this model, is continuing to make incumbent telecom companies more than a little anxious. Their worry is that Canarie Inc’s promotion and subsidization of municipal fibre networks will cost them some key institutional accounts. At a Canarie policy committee held just prior to its sixth advanced networks workshop in Montreal, Nov. 28-29, some carriers were reportedly quite vehement in their denunciation of community-owned backbone.

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