CRTC consulting on how to improve access to poles

Originally published by The Wire Report

The CRTC has launched a consultation on improving access to poles owned by Canadian telecom companies.

It said it heard during its proceeding on barriers to rural broadband rollouts that “untimely and costly access to poles owned by Canadian carriers has negative impacts on the deployment of efficient broadband-capable networks, particularly in areas of Canada with limited or no access to such networks.”

It said it received complaints about long response times to access requests, which “have in some instances resulted in significant delays,” offloading and unevenly applying rules about make-ready work, and how spare capacity of poles is treated by the telecoms.

Comments are due Nov. 30.

Shortly before the CRTC notice of consultation was issued, BCE Inc. put out a press release saying it was implementing new measures to simplify access to its poles by recipients of Quebec’s rural broadband program.

“Throughout the summer, Bell and Hydro-Québec commissioned external engineering companies to review the applicable standards and propose new measures that could be implemented safely to provide faster access to Bell poles,” the company said.

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