The Ontario Telecommunications Association (OTA) is a non-profit organization that represents Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (or SILECs) in the Province of Ontario to government departments and agencies and industry associates.
Currently the OTA represents twenty-two SILECS which together serve over 100,000 access lines across rural Ontario.
The OTA's Vision is to play a critical role in assisting its members to successfully provide state-of-the-art telecommunications services to the benefit of their customers.
OTA represents the interests of Ontario's SILECs and acts as a forum for the sharing of expertise between member companies.
In fulfilling its tasks, the Association acts as the SILECs' liaison with the CRTC, Industry Canada and industry associates including Bell Canada, Bell Mobility and others.
Today, the twenty-two OTA Members serve over 100,000 access lines, employ highly skilled, highly technical rural and northern Ontarians and have invested over $200 million in telecommunications infrastructure. The member companies have various business structures - investor-owned companies, co-operative corporations, government-owned.
The Ontario SILECs are providers of basic local service, optional local services, and long distance service to both business and residential customers. They provide their customers with a full range of local telecommunications services – from digital phone service, to Internet, wireless and advanced information systems.
SILECs have a profound effect on communities throughout Ontario. There is a tremendous socio-economic benefit to having healthy SILECs, for they will ensure local economies grow and local, quality jobs are maintained. The continued evolution of Ontario's SILECs, within the ever-changing telecommunications sector, will have a significant impact in the development of vibrant rural and northern communities.