On May 5, 2020, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) tabled a memoir with the CRTC as part of a consultation process regarding the obstacles to the implementation of a network in poorly served regions in Canada.
The situation surrounding COVID-19 has only increased the need for high-speed Internet access throughout the territory and exacerbated deficiencies in its implementation. This document focuses on the critical nature of the situation and the urgency of removing the obstacles placed in the path of small telecom providers. These obstacles introduced by infrastructure owners, jeopardize, to varying degrees, the realization of objectives set by the governments of Canada and Quebec as part of their respective broadband Internet strategies and deprive citizens of an essential service.
The refusal of permit applications, the responsibilities of network maintenance, the somewhat exorbitant fees for processing applications and the long delays in carrying out work are the main problems denounced by all RCMs and organizations.To consult the FQM’s brief, click here.(french only)