Primus: Government of Canada protects consumer choice, strengthens digital economy

TORONTO, MAY 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Primus today praised the federal government for supporting a CRTC decision that will ensure Canadians have access to affordable ultra-high speed broadband from their internet service provider (ISP) of choice.  

"We are extremely pleased that the CRTC's rules will allow ISPs to deliver competitive choice, price-discipline, high-quality products and new, innovative services over next-generation fibre networks," says Brad Fisher, General Manager, Primus. "On behalf of all Canadians, we want to thank the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, for promoting competitive broadband markets and fostering an inclusive digital economy in Canada."

In July 2015 the CRTC released a balanced regulatory policy that upheld long-standing rules for essential network utilities, confirming that Canada's largest telecommunications and cable providers must sell wholesale access to their fibre-to-the-home ("FTTH") wires at profitable rates. In October 2015, Canada's largest vertically-integrated telecommunications conglomerate filed an appeal demanding that the federal government overrule the CRTC's decision, which would deny network access to competitors and eliminate consumer choice. 

Fisher added that Primus entered the market as a long distance reseller in 1997 with no facilities. A supportive regulatory framework has allowed Primus to grow and invest millions in its own national network, including fibre deployments in major Canadian cities. Wholesale access to fibre will allow Primus to continue offering compelling choice to consumers while making independent network investments.

About Primus

Primus is a trusted national communications provider, offering a smarter connectivity choice for Canadian consumers, businesses and wholesale customers. As Canada's most experienced digital phone service (VoIP) provider, Primus delivers leading-edge Internet and network services, award winning voice services, and cloud-based phone systems (Hosted PBX), all backed by exceptional customer service. For further information, visit primus.ca.

SOURCE Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.

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