Comment to CRTC Basic Service Hearings

June 7, 2010

A group of researchers from the Canadian Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) have submitted an intervention to the CRTC in response to CRCT notice 2010-43 -- Proceeding to review access to basic telecommunications services.  

The intervention, submitted by Andrew Clement, John Harris Stevenson, Marita Moll and Leslie Regan Shade, described some of CRACIN's findings with respect to the need for broadband access for First Nations communities, New Immigrants, community innovation via Wi-Fi, and rural communities.  They also pointed to the results of the CRACIN Community network users survey as indicative of the need to maintain basic service as a policy objective.  

Research done by the Community Wireless Infrastructure Project (CWIRP) relevant to the issues of basic service is summarized.  This research developed a set of criteria that would consitute broadband networks in the public interest including the following:  

  • Ubiquitous and universal
  • Widely useful
  • Accessible
  • Affordable