Broadband internet service has been declared a basic service for all Canadians.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Wednesday that access to broadband is now considered a basic telecommunications service.
The CRTC also announced a new fund to help support projects to expand high-speed internet to rural and remote areas, which can be used to build new infrastructure or upgrade existing systems to meet the targets.
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The goal is to have broadband available to 90% of Canadian households by 2021 and the remaining 10% within 15 years.