CRTC should have oversight over utility poles: telecoms

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Anja Karadeglija

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are both asking the federal government to make it easier for telecoms to access infrastructure such as roads and utility poles as they deploy 5G networks.

“As we face the dawn of the 5G era, it is in the best interest of all Canadians to have any regulatory barriers to the deployment of next-generation network infrastructure removed,” Shaw said in its submission to the government’s pre-budget consultations.

“One such barrier is the over-complicated regulatory patchwork of rules around access to physical network infrastructure, namely utility poles, which are crucial to the deployment of broadband networks generally, and particularly in rural and remote communities.”

The House of Commons finance committee is currently holding consultations related to the 2019 budget.

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