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Wednesday, 12 February 2014
CRTC Inquiry Into Satellite Transport Services
The CRTC quietly issued Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-44 on 06
Feb 2014 entitled:
"Appointment of an Inquiry Officer to
review matters related to transport services provided by satellite”
Commissioner Candice Molnar will conduct “an inquiry with respect to the Canadian
marketplace for satellite services that are used by telecommunications service
providers (TSPs) to provide telecommunications services to Canadians.” One
way to look at TSPs is to consider them the last mile service providers.
The inquiry will look at both sides of the satellite provisioning
Satellite perspective. The satellite services provided by satellite operators to the
TSPs covering such items as: who they are; rates the TSPs pay; technical
limitations; current and future satellite capacity; future technology; and CRTC
framework for the satellite services.
TSPs perspective.Indentify TSPs
that use satellite services; TSPs operating areas; the numbers of customers who
have access to their services and the numbers of customers they serve; delivered
services; and end-users service limitations.
cost of satellite backhaul service was a recurring theme in the recent CRTC hearings
about Northwestel regulatory framework and Modernization Plan (the Northwestel
proceedings). In particular, many of the intervenors placed much of the blame
for the high cost providing reasonably priced Internet access to remote communities
on the high cost of satellite transport.
the satellite technology exists that can provide a service that compares favourably
with terrestrial based systems used in the urban and suburban environment, the
amount of bandwidth required it provide reasonable capacity is either not available
or prohibitively expensive and in lot of cases a combination of both.
the inquiry will not address
issues relating to satellite services that satellite operators provide directly
to end-users, it should cover services provided by the self styled “Canada'sleading provider of rural broadband” TSP – Xplornet.
The inquiry is scheduled to be completed by