Bell Canada comments on Ontario Budget - Welcomes recognition of the importance of the ICT sector to Ontario economy



    TORONTO, Ontario, March 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada today welcomed the
Ontario Budget's recognition of the significance of the information and
communications technology (ICT) sector to Ontario's economy, as well as the
provincial government's commitment to several key ICT-related investments that
will benefit Ontario businesses and citizens alike.
    "We hope this is only the start of a more innovative vision of where our
economy needs to go to be globally competitive," said Renato Discenza, Bell's
Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Sales. "Businesses thrive and provide more
high quality jobs and opportunities for citizens when they optimize their use
of ICTs - by creating a more competitive business environment, the provincial
government can help drive investment and wider ICT adoption."
    The Ontario budget included several measures clearly demonstrating the
value to Ontario's citizens and businesses of ICT investments, including

    
    - an additional $64 million in 2007-08 to promote Ontario's comprehensive
      e-Health strategy, an area in which Bell is already contributing to the
      transformation of health care through innovative networks and
      applications that are improving patient care and safety; and
    - $10 million in 2007-08 to help expand broadband coverage in rural
      southern Ontario by leveraging community and private-sector investment,
      services for which Bell has developed cutting edge expertise through
      many years of working with communities across the province.
    

    "While the budget contains several positive steps, there is more work to
be done regarding taxes on capital inputs imposed through the Ontario Retail
Sales Tax," added Mr. Discenza. "We look forward to working with the
government to further enhance tax competitiveness and economic growth in
Ontario."

    About Bell Canada
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    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly-owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca, and for corporate information on BCE, please visit
www.bce.ca.




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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Jacqueline
Michelis, Bell Canada Media Relations, (613) 785-1427 or 1 888 482-0809,
jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca


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