CRTC to decide if mandated access to inside wire applies to fibre

Originally published by the Wire Report
Author: Anja Karadeglija

A small internet service provider (ISP) is asking the CRTC to order BCE Inc. to give it access to Bell’s fibre connections inside a Toronto apartment building in a case that could set a precedent as wireless internet becomes more common in urban areas.

The case involves Kitchener, Ont.-based Cloudwifi Inc., who filed a Part 1 application involving Bell and a condo building in Toronto.

Cloudwifi uses wireless technology to bring internet service to the building, the company’s founder Gary Kenning said in an email.

“Once we’ve invested in bringing our network into a building, we need an inside wire in order to reach our customers’ units. In some buildings, we install new wiring, and in other buildings where it is not practical or in some cases even possible to do so, we use the existing wiring that can be either owned by the building, the consumer, or another carrier,” he said.

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