Bell Aliant supports Minister's announcement on local telephone forbearance

    SAINT JOHN, NB, April 4 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant announced today strong
support for the changes announced by Minister Bernier for the rules regulating
local telephone service.
    "On behalf of all customers, we applaud the steps taken by this
government and the leadership of Minister Bernier to stimulate a competitive
environment where customer choice prevails over regulation," said Stephen
Wetmore, President and CEO of Bell Aliant. "Customers will benefit from
increased choice, more flexible offers and better value than was previously
available to them."
    The changes being made include the removal of restrictions on the
offering of promotions and on contacting customers who have switched their
local service. Importantly, they also provide a more reasonable opportunity
for Bell Aliant to achieve forbearance from regulation, allowing our customers
to acquire products and services from the company of their choice at
competitive prices.
    Bell Aliant intends to file local forbearance applications in the Halifax
area and numerous other qualifying areas throughout its territory as soon as
    Bell Aliant was among a group of telecommunications companies that
appealed to the Federal Cabinet in May 2006 to change the rules for local

    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.

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

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