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Toronto-based ISP slams Industry Canada move to deregulate telecom market

Telecommunications in Canada is a sector that should be regulated, Ashok Kalle, president of Toronto-based Internet...


December 13, 2006  


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Telecommunications in Canada is a sector that should be regulated, Ashok Kalle, president of Toronto-based Internet Service Provider Pathway Communications, said today.

He added that the decision earlier this week by Industry Canada to allow deregulation of the telecommunications market will hurt consumers of long distance, VoIP and other telecommunications/online services in the long-run.

Kalle said that while the decision will give consumers some short-term gains in a price war early on, they will suffer in the long-term.

“There were good reasons why these regulations were put in there in the first place,” he said. “It is extremely important to have strong competition.

“But companies who have been in business for a few years and trying to enter the voice space cannot compete against a company that is 100 years old and built with public funding. It is clearly not a level playing field as Bell, Telus and others argue.”