The ARCC Policy Committee has drafted a response to the CRTC Telecom Notice of Consultation 2023-89: Call for comments – Broadband Fund policy review.
The Broadband Fund was launched in 2018 to build or upgrade broadband infrastructure across Canada. Since then, $226.5 million has been committed to broadband projects through the fund. In this consultation, the CRTC is calling for comments on a number of issues that have arisen since the Broadband Fund was first launched. These include:
- Modifying the overall objectives of the Broadband Fund
- Implementing an Indigenous-specific funding stream
- Increasing focus on mobile road coverage and satellite-dependent communities
- Improving the process to evaluate and select projects to fund
You can read ARCC’s full response to this submission here.
If you or your organization would like to become a supporter of this submission, please fill out the consent form by July 20, 2023. By signing, your name and/or organization will be listed at the bottom of the submission as a supporter of ARCC’s responses to the CRTC’s questions.