Bell welcomes Heritage Committee rejection of Fee-for-carriage



    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today welcomed the decision by the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage not to recommend the
imposition of fee-for-carriage on satellite and cable services, and their
customers.
    "We're pleased that the Committee saw through the smokescreen of
broadcaster hype to see fee-for-carriage for what it is, a tax on consumers,"
said Mirko Bibic, Bell's Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government
Affairs. "BDU customers should not have to pay for something that it available
for free over the air."
    Bell hopes the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) takes notice of the Committee's decision, and in particular
the categorical rejection of fee-for-carriage from the Committee's government
members, during the CRTC's continued review of local TV issues. During that
process, Bell looks forward to renewing its proposal for a "freesat" solution
that would significantly reduce the broadcasters' costs to convert their
signals to digital.
    If conventional broadcasters do not replace all their analog towers with
digital towers, many Canadians are at risk of losing access to over-the-air
television channels. Bell's proposal would guarantee access to these TV
channels to consumers, helping avoid any new tax on consumers or government
bail out for Canadian broadcasters. The only requirement for consumers would
be the purchase and installation of a compatible satellite dish and digital
receiver.
    "If Bell's recommendations are accepted by the CRTC, then consumers would
be able to receive a package of at least five digital TV channels without
having to subscribe to Bell TV," added Mr. Bibic. "For many consumers, that's
more channels than they can access today over-the-air and at no charge."

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
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 Telecommunications
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. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
www.bce.ca.




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


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