Internet Industry supports call for fair access and competition in Internet and wireless services
November 2, 2009


CAIP (Canadian Association of Internet Providers

November 2, 2009

Internet Industry supports call for fair access and competition in Internet and wireless services

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) supports the call by Liberal Members of Parliament for a better competitive environment in the Internet industry and easier entry to the market by new entrants in the wireless industry.

Last Friday M.P. Dan McTeague, M.P. Marc Garneau and the Consumer's Association of Canada called on all parties in the House of Commons to support measures that will increase cell phone competition and improve the competitive environment for Internet services.

"While other countries have been improving access to the Internet and establishing forward thinking regulatory environments, Canada is falling behind," states Tom Copeland, Chair of CAIP. "In several independent reports released in recent months, Canada's standing on many Internet related metrics is in decline. This is due in large part to the frustrating regulatory environment we face today."

In recent months the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued several regulatory decisions which impede the growth of competitive markets for Internet and wireless services.

"The CRTC has issued a policy decision in which higher prices for Internet services is an acceptable method of dealing with the growing demand for online services. They have steadfastly refused to use all of the resources available to them to enforce their decisions and orders. They continue to refuse to provide competitors with access to telecommunications infrastructure on a fair and equitable wholesale basis and last week they ruled against the Minister of Industry in determining that Globalive's WIND wireless entry into the Canadian wireless market didn't meet Canadian ownership rules," notes Copeland.

Despite putting in place proceedings that appear like they are progressive thinkers, the Commission has been issuing regressive decisions related to competitive issues. "We are pleased that M.P. McTeague and M.P. Garneau are encouraging all Members of Parliament to look for regulatory solutions that encourage competition and serve to expand the interests of all Canadians, not just those of the large telephone and cable companies in the country. We need all of our politicians, working cooperatively, to help us put Canada back at the top of the telecommunication world," concludes Copeland.

About CAIP
The Canadian Association of Internet Providers, a division of CATAAlliance, is Canada's oldest and largest industry association representing the independent Internet industry. CAIP's members serve hundreds of thousands of Canadian consumers and businesses with data, telephony and Internet services. Founded in 1996, CAIP's Mission is to foster the growth of a healthy and competitive Internet service industry in Canada through collective and cooperative action on Canadian and international issues of mutual interest.

Tom Copeland
Chair, Canadian Association of Internet Providers