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OEB’s Cost Increase For Space On Hydro Poles Could Lead To Increased Charges For Service

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The Ontario Energy Board wants to create a flat rate fee for attaching wires to hydro poles across the province, but some service providers are not on board.

The OEB is seeking to regulate rates at $53, which would end up being a 133 per cent increase to providers such as Eastlink.

The cable and internet company based out of Sudbury is a major provider for Northern Ontario and the Kapuskasing community.

Eastlink in a statement says the increase is concerning, as it would make it nearly impossible not to raise their own internet rates.

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The statement also reads that this will affect their ability to provide access to underserviced areas in Ontario.

Therefore, Eastlink states the OEB’s increase is unreasonable and should be limited to the rate of inflation.

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