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Bell continues VoIP pressure campaign

Bell Canada Enterprises president and CEO Michael Sabia again called for the "re-setting of the public policy frame...


May 3, 2004  


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Bell Canada Enterprises president and CEO Michael Sabia again called for the “re-setting of the public policy framework governing the fast-changing communications industry in order to foster the growth and innovation of Quebec and Canadian businesses,” says a company press release.

Speaking at the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday, Sabia’s speech is the continuation of the company’s ongoing campaign to pressure the CRTC into altering its telecom policies.

Sabia said that IP (Internet protocol) will fundamentally change the way companies do business and their productivity, and says that access to IP services are jeopardized by current regulatory framework.

“Designed to create competition, the current policy framework has done its job," he said. "Now it’s time for a public policy that will enable the growth of a strong industry, by treating all players equally and recognizing that once separate industries have become one common industry that needs common public policy treatment.”

Underlying Sabia’s words is the Commission’s policy to treat newcomers to the local telephony market in Canada with a light regulatory hand, so that they can gain a toehold in a market still utterly dominated by the incumbents.

“This issue goes far beyond the interests of any one company or any group of companies,” added Sabia. “It’s about the health of an industry that can drive productivity and expansion across our economy. It’s about Quebec and Canadian companies being equipped to compete on the world stage.”