The rising cost of space on hydro poles may result in a hike in the cost of internet and cable
Ontario Energy Board considering fee hike of 133% for internet, cable providers who must attach wires to poles
- Angela Gemmill · CBC News
The wires attached to hydro poles not only provide electricity, but they deliver phone, internet and cable services.
And the cost of attaching those wires to the poles is on the way up.
The Ontario Energy Board wants to increase those fees after requests from hydro companies like Hydro One.
Fifteen internet and cable providers across the province have formed the Ontario Broadband Coalition to fight the increase.
If the hydro pole rate hike goes through these companies will be forced to pass the cost on to their customers, according to coalition spokesperson Jay Thomson.
Thomson explains the actual pole rate is different for every hydro company and provider, but on average is $22.35 per pole per year.
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regulates these rates. Thomson says the OEB wants to create a flat rate across the province of $53, which would be a 133 per cent increase to the providers who pay the fee.
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