OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 26, 2012 - Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that in the future large telephone and cable companies will have to make more information public when proposing rates for wholesale services.
Smaller companies offer competitive and innovative choices to Canadians, by using access they have purchased at wholesale prices from the large companies,"; said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "Today's guidelines will increase transparency and allow Canadians to better understand how we establish wholesale rates."
Rates for wholesale services are based on the cost of providing the service plus an allowable markup. Markups contribute to costs that have not been accounted for, such as corporate overheads and past network investments.
Once companies submit their costs and proposed rates to the CRTC, that information is made public. With this additional data, interested parties will be able to provide a more informed analysis. Companies will continue to have the right to protect competitively sensitive information, and other parties can continue to request disclosure of any such information. The CRTC will rule on any disclosure requests using the new guidelines.
This is huge, no more filings "in confidence" or any bullshit like that. Perhaps we will all find out the real reason why Cogeco charges nearly twice as much as Rogers for wholesale capacity? Fingers crossed.
This is huge, no more filings "in confidence" or any bullshit like that.
"Companies will still have the right to protect competitively sensitive information."
In other words companies will still be able to file stuff "in confidence" if they can prove that it is sensitive enough, which is pretty much what companies were already doing. The new rules may raise the bar on what may be filed "in confidence" but you can bet your shorts that not everything will be public.
This is just... bizarro world. The CRTC is releasing decision after decision that is in the best interests of the Canadian public rather than the multi-billion dollar corporation, but at the same time I can't keep help but feeling that any second now the CRTC will rip off a mask revealing an evil monster and cackle menacingly... The about-face change from "regulatory capture" to "consumer advocate" is just so sudden and dramatic...
I'm cautiously optimistic about what we'll see a similar attitude when they eventually rule on new UBB rates or FTTH access... -- Developer: Tomato/MLPPP, Linux/MLPPP, etc »fixppp.org
Cool, now we just need to get Jean-Pierre Blais on TekSavvy Internet so he can experience first hand what these incumbents put us through
10 order rejections by Bell citing incompatible equipment?
2 cancelled appointments without anyone calling you to tell you and Bell says the tech showed up and finished the work even though no one bothered to knock on your door and your internet is still not working! (not me, I am one of those lucky ones that didn't have any install issues)
I do believe it has something to do with the "GET" function you have going there. *I think*. Only gave it a quick look-over before closing your webpage for wanting my LAN info (at least that's what NoScipt also had to say about your blog). First time I ever saw NoScript block a site like that and popped up that warning (and I surf the dredges of the net)