Cable / Telecom News

Pole rates not the biggest barrier to broadband expansion


Meeting notes show pole replacement and refurbishment listed as significant barrier, but it’s about speed By Ahmad Hathout TORONTO - Rogers and Cogeco were among several internet service providers that met with stakeholders in the Ontario government in November 2020 to address wireline pole attachment issues in the province – but the rates to attach equipment were not identified as a significant barrier, according to notes from the meeting obtained by Cartt.ca. At around $43 per attachment, per pole, Ontario has the country’s highest cost to attach telecommunications equipment on the wood poles, which run along highways and are a...