Aliant files for local telephone forbearance in areas of Halifax

    HALIFAX, April 11 /CNW/ - Aliant announced today that it has applied to
the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for
forbearance from regulation of local residential telephone service in nine
competitive exchanges in the Halifax area.
    The exchanges include Halifax, Hubbards, Ketch Harbour, Musquodoboit
Harbour, Prospect Road, Sackville, St. Margarets, Waverley and French Village.
    With forbearance, customers in these areas will experience the full
benefits of competition, with greater value through increased choice and
flexible offers that can be delivered in a more timely manner.
    This application is the first under the new framework announced by the
federal government on April 4.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Robinson, Bell Aliant Communications &
Public Affairs, (866) 694-6762,

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