[teleclick] The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is seeking public input on the definition of “basic telephone service,” and what it should encompass in a digital age.
As of now, “basic” service refers to a landline phone with long distance and voicemail, as well as access to a telephone directory and emergency services. In the future, the CRTC is considering adding high-speed internet access to this category.
The definition of “basic” services is significant because it affects the obligations of carriers, as well the tax treatment of telecommunications services.
Until August 20, the CRTC is holding an online consultation on the matter. During the fall, it plans to hold a number of public hearings.
CRTC Request Public Input on Definition of “Basic” Phone Service