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ISP coalition stands up to proposed hydro pole price

| 03/22/2018 5:53 pm EDT

A coalition of internet service providers (ISPs) is taking the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to task over a proposal to significantly raise the cost of hydro pole installation across the province, which they say will inevitably lead to a higher cost of internet service pushed on customers. Using a website dedicated to the issue, the Ontario Broadband Coalition (OCB) is arguing that the OEB’s proposed wireline pole attachment rate of $52 would “put in jeopardy the expansion of broadband across Ontario and could mean higher internet rates for families and businesses.” The rate increase...

EORN proposes public-private partnership to fill cell coverage gaps

telecom | 05/29/2017 5:29 pm EDT

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) is asking the provincial and federal government to chip in to a $213-million public-private partnership to address cellular coverage gaps in Eastern Ontario. The proposal, which looks to improve the “reach and quality of cellular data services,” was filed with Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal in Toronto on Monday, the organization said in a Monday press release. It details a “business...

Are provinces filling the federal broadband strategy gap?

telecom | 03/17/2017 6:57 pm EDT

Nova Scotia may not be formulating its provincial broadband plan as a direct response to federal inaction, but that doesn’t mean the provincial government isn’t acting out of a need to...