By Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Jan 12, 2016
In Canada, as in the UK and many other countries (including the USA, until the mid-2000s), the big telcos are required to wholesale their lines to small, upstart competitors as payback for access to rights-of-way and municipal infrastructure. This results in more competition, faster connections, and cheaper service for residents.
Bell Canada, the company that owes its fortune to nearly a century of public investment, is fighting that rule, saying that it and it alone should have the right to sell access to its new fiber networks. The CRTC, Canada's telcoms regulator, told them to pound sand, but they've appealed to the new Liberal government.