Bell Aliant announces cash distribution for August 2009

    HALIFAX, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund
(the Fund or Bell Aliant) (TSX: BA.UN) today declared its cash distribution of
$0.2417 per unit for the month of August 2009.
    The distribution will be paid on September 15, 2009 to unitholders of
record at the close of business on August 31, 2009. The declaration of future
distributions is subject to approval by the Bell Aliant Trustees.
    To the extent that any portion of these distributions is designated as
dividends paid by Bell Aliant, that portion is designated to be an "eligible
dividend" pursuant to the Income Tax Act (Canada) and corresponding provincial

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers and an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 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. Bell Aliant's employees are committed to deliver the
highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.
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