CRTC seeks input on improving Far North telecommunications
Public’s commenting period open until October
Nunavummiut have the chance to share their thoughts on how to improve internet services in their communities.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission launched its second phase of feedback-gathering Wednesday.
“We need to collaborate with people living and working in the Far North to ensure they have a similar level of service as the South,” Ian Scott, chairperson and chief executive officer of the CRTC, stated in a news release.
During the first phase of consultation, the CRTC heard residents want affordable, reliable telecommunication services like video conferencing, the release noted.
Now, the agency wants to know specifically how it can improve internet and phone services.
It also wants to know how it could make services more competitive. In Nunavut, for example, a select few companies, like Northwestel, have a monopoly, which can lead to high monthly service rates.
Information about the CRTC’s consultation is available online in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun and comments can be sent to the CRTC up until Oct. 6 through an online form, the CRTC’s consultation website, in writing or by fax.