In a sign of the times, the CRTC says Canadians are now spending more on Internet access than television services.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said revenues from Internet access rose to $9.8 billion in 2015 while subscription television services accounted for $8.9 billion.
It’s the first time Canadians have ever spent more on Internet than television.
The report from the CRTC said there was a 44 per cent increase in wireless data usage from 2014 to 2015 and a 40 per cent spike in fixed data usage through home Internet services.
The CRTC report also found Canadians 30 years old and younger spent three times more on wireless services than those aged 65 and older.
Communications industry revenues rose to $65.7 billion in 2015 according to the federal regulator, up 2.5 per cent from 2014 when revenues were $64.1 billion.
The increases for Internet and mobile services were offset by declines in home television and telephone services.