The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is inviting Canadians across the nation to share their views on telecommunications services, especially broadband internet by filling out a short questionnaire online.
Those who wish to complete the survey over the phone can call 1-877-249-2782, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
“It’s important for Calgarians to share their personal experience with broadband internet services with the CRTC,” said Heather Reed-Fenske, The City of Calgary’s Chief Information Technology Officer. “The information collected will help influence how you connect to internet services in the workplace, at home and while you’re on the go, for many years to come.”
The survey is open until 8 p.m. (EST) on February 29, 2016 and will provide the CRTC with insight to better understand which telecommunications services Canadians consider necessary to participate in the digital economy.
The results will also determine the areas in Canada that don’t have adequate access to telecommunication services.
What is the CTRC?
Quick facts about the CRTC’s Internet Broadband review:
- The CRTC initiated a review of basic telecommunications services in April 2015. Since then, more that 25,000 comments have been received.
- The CRTC is reviewing the telecommunications services available in Canada in order to be in step with Canadians’ current and future needs.
- Currently, basic telecommunications services include:
- capability to connect to the Internet via low-speed data transmission at local rates;
- individual line local touch-tone service;
- access to the long distance network, operator/directory assistance services, enhanced calling features and privacy protection features, emergency services, voice message relay service; and
- a printed copy of the current local telephone directory upon request.
- The CRTC is holding a public hearing on these issues starting April 11, 2016, in Gatineau, Québec.