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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission – our northern neighbor's equivalent of the FCC – has just declared broadband a “basic service.” That's great news for streamers in the Great White North, and will have major consequences for Canadian policy.

Thanks to the CRTC's decision, Canada will mandate higher download speeds and will pour money into improving broadband infrastructure – particularly in rural areas, where the current infrastructure just isn't cutting it.

The download and upload speed goals will now be 50 megabits per second and 10 megabits per second, respectively. That's about 10 times faster than the current speed goals.

As for the broadband infrastructure improvements, Canada will create a C$750 million fund for just that purpose. The country will make the improvements over the course of the next five years.

Where's all this money coming from? Well, the CRTC is going to double its collections from ISPs like BCE and Rogers from $100 million to $200 million over the next five years. As the Financial Post points out, that's a cost that could be passed onto consumers.

Meanwhile in the United States, broadband is considered a “utility” thanks to the Obama-era FCC. But under Trump, the FCC will be more conservative, and less likely to push for the heavy regulations, high costs, and major projects that Canada's new plan demands.