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Crtc Decision Troubling

Regulating the way Bell Canada and Bell Nexxia can offer bundled services will affect the companies, their competitors and customers alike.


March 1, 2003  


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We are well on our way through this crazy winter and I hope our groundhog friend is right in predicting that spring will soon be here. In Toronto, salt is the product of choice for melting snow and ice on our roadways. My car was white and crusted under a layer of this stuff so long I thought it would never come off.

Anyway, I have quite a few things to tell you about including governmental issues that affect the Canadian telecom industry.

The CRTC decision that regulates the way Bell Canada and Bell Nexxia can offer bundled services will affect Bell, its competitors and customers alike. Some customers are concerned with confidentiality in how they negotiate services and what prices they are paying being exposed to the general public.

Bell is concerned with how it will be able to be competitive and competitors are concerned with their role in this decision. If you are in a position where you consult or review telecom access services, you should review the decision and keep informed as to where and how this will affect you.

In addition, hearings opened on foreign ownership of Canadian telecommunications companies.

This could have a profound affect on the quality and pricing of services. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this review.

WINTER CONFERENCE

The BICSI 2003 Winter Conference held in Orlando, Fla. in mid-January was a success (albeit under chilly weather conditions) with 2,800 attendees and an additional 1,200 people visiting the more than 200 exhibitors.

I was officially introduced as the Canadian Region Director and was pleased to host a very successful district lunch meeting attended by over 90 people. I was able to meet and greet attending members and was also impressed by the number of people who stayed after the session to chat and discuss issues affecting our region.

I see that there are some great synergies among the Canadian members and I hope to keep this momentum going strong.

As well, we were informed of the retirement of two highly respected members of the BICSI family: George Loveren, RCDD, announced his retirement from training. George developed BICSI’s DD102 in 1988 and has trained over 17,000 students since that time (myself included). What an amazing asset to the industry.

Ray Gendron, Chair of BICSI Cares and official spokesperson/strong-arm, announced his retirement from that committee.

Ray, in fact, will be moving back to Canada, so hopefully, he won’t be a stranger. They will both be missed. The good news is that John Bakowski, RCDD/LAN/OSP Specialist, has officially been named as his replacement as chair of the BICSI Cares Committee. Congratulations, John.

On a sad note, many of us in Orlando were witnesses to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia, and for some, this was the first viewing of such an event.

I am sure thoughts of another successful mission were in our heads as the spacecraft arced across the beautiful, clear blue, Florida sky. Who would have thought of the fateful events that were to unfold days later?

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

June 3-6 DD200: Telecommunications Distribution Systems Review

Ramada Plaza Hotel Toronto (Followed by RCDD exam on June 7) Captel Inc. 2490, boul. des Recollets Trois-Rivires Quebec G8Z 3X7 Canada 819-973-1454 jp.sequin@groupecaptel.com Captel is a BICSI licensed training center offering Telecommunications Distribution Certificate: DD100, DA100, OSP100.

Some of you in southwestern Ontario may be interested in attending the BICSI U.S. North-Central Region Meeting.

This meeting is being hosted by Brian Hanson RCDD/LAN Specialist and US North-Central Region Director. The event takes place on March 27 and is running in conjunction with the Electrical League of Ohio’s Electro Expo. The venue is the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information e-mail: regionmeetings@bicsi.org

And don’t forget the BICSI Spring Conference being held on May 12-15 at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver, and the BICSI Fall Conference from Aug. 18-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Canadian Region meetings: While further details will be announced shortly, pre-book your calendars for the following: June 25 (Calgary), June 27 (Vancouver), September 5 (Joint meeting with North East Region), September 12 (Moncton) and November 7 (Ottawa).

Upcoming exams in Canada: March 29, Travelodge Hotel, Vancouver.

Roman Dabrowski, RCDD, is the Canadian Director of BICSI and a sales consultant with Bell Nexxia. He can be reached via e-mail at rdabrowski@bicsi.org