What is an open-access network?

Traditionally in Canada and the United States, internet infrastructure (cable, fibre-optic and other equipment) is built and operated by the same company that provides internet services to customers. With an open-access network, infrastructure and service delivery are separate. An independent party owns and operates the infrastructure, which internet service providers pay to use. This reduces barriers for providers to access new markets and encourages competition.

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1. What is an open-access network?
2. What is 10 gigabit? What are the benefits?
3. Beaumont already has one-gigabit per second internet in some places. What’s the difference?
4. Why is a company willing to make a major investment into improved access to high-speed internet for Beaumont? How will it recover its investment?
5. Who will own and operate the network?