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Ottawa, ON – February 13, 2023 – This afternoon the Government of Canada released its new policy direction to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to promote competition, affordability, consumer rights and universal access in Canada’s telecommunication sector.

Responding to today’s development, CIRA President and CEO Byron Holland, had this to say:

“We are pleased to see the Government of Canada issue today’s new telecom policy direction to the CRTC. CIRA is particularly pleased that today’s order requires the Commission to ensure that timely internet performance testing is conducted and data made available to consumers, which reflects several stakeholder recommendations linking network speed testing to better policy outcomes for internet users. CIRA commends Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne for his continued leadership on this file. This new direction will guide and challenge the CRTC in a renewed focus on building a trusted internet—a mission at the core of CIRA’s work.”


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CIRA manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services—such as CIRA DNS Firewall and CIRA Canadian Shield—that help support its goal of building a trusted internet for Canadians. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD), a high-performance global DNS network, and one of the world's most advanced back-end registry solutions.