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MTS Allstream comments on federal government’s rules for deregulation

MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., today applauded federal Industry M...


April 5, 2007  


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MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., today applauded federal Industry Minister Maxime Bernier’s announcement of the new guidelines for deregulation of the local telephone services market and also issued a caveat.

The telco said the announcement signals the government’s intention to bring accelerated deregulation to the Canadian telecom market.

In the competitive consumer market of Winnipeg where MTS Allstream is the incumbent and intends to meet the required quality of service requirements, customers will benefit from a fully competitive market according to the new regulatory framework,” said Chris Peirce, the companys chief regulatory officer.

Notwithstanding the positives the government’s announcement brings to consumers, MTS Allstream remains concerned that the government has decided to consider the deregulation of local services offered by the largest former monopolies without regard to their actual continuing market share and based only on the presence of a competitor.