GATINEAU, Quebec Dec 21 Broadband internet
access will be considered a basic service in Canada, the
country's telecom regulator said on Wednesday, setting a higher
target for download speeds and creating a fund that could see
providers paying more to help meet those goals.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) said it was establishing a new fund that
providers will pay into that will invest C$750 million over five
years to build or upgrade broadband infrastructure with a focus
on improving access in underserved areas.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Alan Crosby)