GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC is looking at a “late spring, early summer” timeframe to ask for applications for its $750-million Broadband Fund, its executive director of telecom said on Wednesday. Chris Seidl noted that the regulator had just received comments on its application guide for the fund, which were due on March 18. The guide is intended to help applicants put together a sound application. Seidl was speaking about the fund, as well as some of the CRTC’s other files, at the seventh annual CanWISP conference at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau. The conference, whose major sponsor is Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., is exploring various issues in telecom, including spectrum, rural broadband and satellite opportunities for providers. Taking a question from the audience, Seidl also said that there would need to be coordination with other rural broadband initiatives, notably the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) project. SWIFT wants to build fibre in the Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and Niagara region, and has expressed concern about the use of the hexagon model to determine broadband coverage. The concern is that there would be a doubling of funding in an area already covered by SWIFT. “That’s one of the challenges that we’ll have to solve,” Seidl said. “We certainly don’t want to fund different projects for the same areas, so there’ll be some coordination required between the different projects. “We are an independent organization so we also don’t want to be influenced by others in terms of what we selected in terms of our projects -- we need to be aware of what’s going on out there.” He noted parties are supposed to keep the CRTC updated on their projects and whether changes are made to them.