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Ottawa council not backing CRTC’s FTTH ruling

telecom | 02/24/2016 8:45 pm EST

Unlike their municipal colleagues in Toronto, members of Ottawa's city council decided against formalizing their support for the CRTC's decision to mandate wholesale access to fibre-to-the-home networks (FTTH), which is currently facing an appeal to the federal cabinet by BCE Inc. During a Wednesday morning meeting, council voted 17-7 in opposition to a motion led by Couns. Jeff Leiper and Diane Deans that the City of Ottawa "support the CRTC's decision to require the sharing of fibre-optic networks between large and small competitors." Council's decision means the city remains aligned with Mayor Jim Watson, who registered his support for Bell's appeal with a letter during the comment period last year. Some councillors who spoke against the motion echoed...