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Bell Canada comments on Cabinet decision to reform local telephone regulation

Bell Canada welcomes the announcement from Industry Minister Maxime Bernier of a federal Cabinet decision to overturn the local forbearance framework established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The Cabinet has instead proposed a new, simpler facilities-based framework.

The Cabinet’s decision comes in response to an appeal filed by Bell and other established telephone companies of an April 6, 2006, decision by the CRTC setting out its framework for local forbearance. That decision added more layers to a regulatory framework that is out of date and not in the best interests of consumers and businesses.

The expert Telecom Policy Review (TPR) Panel concluded earlier this year that while Canada has one of the most competitive telecom markets in the world, it also has one of the most costly and extensive regulatory regimes. The Panel called for a regulatory framework that places much greater reliance on market forces.

 [December 12, 2006]


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