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Telecom business customers urge Bernier to vary CRTC’s decision

The Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications has denounced what it calls the failure of the Canadian Radio-tel...


September 5, 2006  


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The Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications has denounced what it calls the failure of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to change the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) regulatory regime.

On May 5, Industry Minister Maxime Bernier referred the CRTC’s VoIP decision back to the Commission, giving the CRTC clear instruction to makepro-market changes.

At issue is the question of VoIP services being classified as a regulated telephone service or a free market Internet service when provided by incumbent telephone companies.

“(The) reconsideration report clearly ignores the government’s directive and fails to reflect the spirit of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel report,” said Ian Russell, chair of the Coalition which represents over 12,000 firms.

“While the Coalition is pleased the CRTC will reassess key elements of the badly flawed local forbearance decision, we strongly urge the governmentto use the powers vested in it by the Telecommunications Act to change the VoIP decision.”

He added that the cabinet has 90 days on which to act and ensure this vital technology is not “encumbered by unnecessary and damaging regulations.”

Established in 2003, the Coalition’s members represent all Quebec school boards and over 12,000 Canadian businesses.