CRTC Declares Internet as an Essential Service

In 2016, the CRTC declared the Internet as an essential service for all Canadians. The CRTC mandated that every Canadian receive 50 Mbps download speed and 10 Mbps upload speed. In September 2018, the CRTC has updated their requirement to 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speed.

The CRTC's reasoning for the change from 50 Mbps to 25 Mbps is understandable given the difficulty in some parts of Canada to provide this level of service until fiber and microwave backhaul services are developed.

With the CRTC's mandate of making the Internet an essential service for all of Canada, the Connect access point (AP) exceeds the Internet speed requirements and delivers this service at a lower deployment cost than anything on the market today.