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Bell claims its proposal to CRTC would accelerate service evolution

Bell Canada today provided the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) with a proposal t...


January 5, 2005  


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Bell Canada today provided the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) with a proposal that, if approved, would result in a new and faster process for the phasing out and withdrawal of services no longer in significant demand.

“(It) would improve efficiencies across the industry and help accelerate the roll out of innovative IP-based solutions to customers,” said Mirko Bibic, head of regulatory affairs at Bell.

“Maintaining services for which there is virtually no demand is costly and impedes innovation. We need the flexibility to introduce new and better services without having to continue offering older services longer than is necessary.”

Today, there is no formal CRTC process in place for dealing with applications requesting the phasing out (or de-standardization) and withdrawal of regulated services, Bell said.

The proposal includes different processes for two categories of services and sets out criteria by which de-standardization and withdrawal applications would be assessed by the CRTC.

“Implementing streamlined procedures would be consistent with the CRTC’s stated goal of finding faster and more efficient ways to regulate,” said Bibic. “Our proposal could be implemented quickly and easily and would help reduce unnecessary regulatory delays.”