Bell Canada files for local forbearance in six largest cities - Significant step in plans to deliver greater value to customers



    MONTREAL, Quebec, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada has taken a
significant step towards delivering greater value through innovative offers,
promotions, and bundles to local telephone customers in Ontario and Quebec by
applying to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) for forbearance from regulation of local telephone services in Toronto,
Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, London, Hamilton and Quebec City.
    Bell filed separate forbearance applications for residential services in
139 exchanges and for business services in 103 exchanges in the six cities.
These applications are the first made by Bell under the new framework for
forbearance announced by the federal government on April 4, 2007. Additional
applications for forbearance in other qualifying areas will follow shortly.
    By implementing the recommendations made last year by the expert
Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, the government has demonstrated a
clear and exciting vision for the future of Canada's telecom industry. The
TPR Panel concluded in March 2006 that while Canada has one of the most
competitive telecom markets in the world, it also has one of the most costly
and extensive regulatory regimes. The Panel called for a regulatory framework
that places much greater reliance on market forces.

    About Bell Canada

    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.




For further information:

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


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