Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Monday that it is concerned about the CRTC’s December decision to eliminate the local voice subsidy in favour of a broadband fund. “The reduction in subsidy could potentially result in rate increases for SaskTel’s rural telephone customers, less investment by the Corporation in infrastructure as a result of the lost subsidy and a reduced net income affecting dividends to the Government of Saskatchewan,” SaskTel said in a press release. In December, the CRTC established a new basic service requirement that included a $750 million fund for both wireline and wireless Internet service, to be funded by repurposing the existing subsidy for landline phones. About 100,000 households in the province “still rely on the local voice subsidy for affordable telephone service,” SaskTel president and CEO Ron Styles said in the release. “Even though the commission has created a new fund for broadband service, the cost to take fibre to rural Saskatchewan in itself will far exceed the entire $750M fund and it is not clear how much will be available for investment in rural Saskatchewan or when,” he added.