CRTC Rules for Straightforward Wholesale Billing

March 5th, 2013 |

All large telephone and cable companies that provide wholesale high-speed access services to independent service providers must now use a single billing model as a result of the latest ruling by the CRTC.

They must also offer the same rates for business and residential end-users alike.

This is in an effort to allow for a more straightforward billing process for independent service providers, where previously, certain large companies charged different rates under different billing models for wholesale and residential business services.

Furthermore, independent, high-speed Internet providers must now get a straightforward bill from the big telephone and cable companies with rates the regulator has set. As a result, some service providers will see significant reductions in the wholesale rates they pay to rent space on the large providers’ networks.

Even though the CRTC does not regulate Internet prices for consumers, it expects that the wholesale rates it has set will have a favorable impact on prices charged in the competitive retail market.

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