TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Globalive applauds the Federal Government's support of Canadian consumers with its stand against the CRTC's recent decision allowing Bell Canada to impose usage based billing ("UBB") on independent Internet service providers ("ISPs").

The CRTC ruling would have stifled competition in the Internet market by forcing ISPs to charge their customers on a usage basis, eliminating unlimited Internet services like those provided under Globalive's Yak brand.

"Globalive has always been an advocate for the consumer and for fair competition so we're very pleased that the Government is stepping in to ensure that competition survives in the Internet market," said Anthony Lacavera, Chairman of Globalive. "Canadians have told us they want access to fair-priced, unlimited telecom services, which we offer through both Yak and WIND Mobile. Correcting this CRTC decision, whether by Cabinet or the CRTC itself, means Yak can continue giving Canadians what they want."

Unlike Yak and other ISPs, Bell Canada has been charging many of its customers using UBB for years.  Since Bell Canada first sought to impose these billing practices on Yak's customers two years ago, Globalive has been fighting hard to preserve this important competitive alternative to Bell Canada's offerings.

"Canadians want to have access to everything that technology has to offer at a reasonable price, and we wholeheartedly believe they deserve that, which is why we do our best to provide it. Globalive will not stand for gouging Canadians and we applaud the Government for supporting that. This is a big victory for Canadian consumers!"

About Yak Communications
Yak Communications offers a full array of phone services including: home phone, long distance (1+, toll free and dial around), high speed internet, calling cards and cellular long distance to residential consumers across Canada. Yak's most prominent long distance offering is 10-10-YAK (925), a dial-around service which offers very economical per minute rates. 

About WIND Mobile and Globalive Holdings
WIND Mobile provides voice, text and data services to Canadians on a next-generation wireless network and is committed to offering a level of wireless service presently not available in Canada. WIND Mobile is built on actual conversations that are happening with Canadians who are passionate about wireless and creating a better mobile offering nationally. For more information, please visit:  

Globalive Holdings is a leading provider of telecommunications solutions in Canada and internationally to the consumer, business and hospitality markets. The Globalive companies include: WIND Mobile, Yak, OneConnect, Canopco and Globalive Carrier Services. For more information, please visit:

SOURCE Globalive Communications Corp.

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