Marc Gaudraut, CEO of Teksavvy Solutions, pointed out his company built and operates a fixed wireless network in Chatham, Ont., in addition to offering cable and DSL service across the country.
But, he added, to build infrastructure in large towns or cities would require “solid margins” and regulatory certainty, which isn’t the case now.
In an interview Noos, said “the best hope for disruptive change” in Internet access has to come from small ISPs.
What Washington has done is set aside US$4.7 billion to fund infrastructure projects in the U.S. as part of its economic recovery plan, he said, because it believes Internet infrastructure is important.
(In Canada the Harper government set aside $225 million.)
Noss called on governments at all levels to help small ISPs get out from under the thumb of incumbent carriers by making it easier for them to build infrastructure on their own. That includes helping ISPs get access to physical infrastructure for their networks, such as municipal conduits and street light poles.
He also said Ottawa’s digital strategy should have clear, enforceable goals for Internet speeds.
The ISP Summit is an annual conference sponsored by the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), which represents many of the country’s independent ISPs.
On the agenda are a range of issues for helping providers run their businesses better including how to make networks ready for IPv6, network security, valuating businesses for acquisition or sale and customer service.
During a dinner speech late Monday, CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais said that a planned review of how the regulator sets wholesale prices ISPs have to pay incumbent carriers for various services may be quite detailed.
The review, to be done either next year or in 2014, may look at whether the cost-based model is always the best, whether different pricing can be set for different classes of service providers and whether procedural changes would help things.
The conference ends Tuesday.