Bell Canada comments on CRTC's announcement with respect to Fort McMurray

    MONTREAL, Quebec, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada issued the
following comment from Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer
Lawson Hunter on today's claim by the CRTC that it has granted local
forbearance in Fort McMurray, Alberta:

    Today's announcement by the CRTC is not forbearance. It does not bring
    the benefits of competition to consumers of local telephone services in
    Fort McMurray.

    Rather, it confirms that the CRTC's original framework for local
    forbearance, established in April 2006, is fundamentally flawed and
    cannot lead to timely, meaningful forbearance in any market.

    Indeed, the decision is reminiscent of the CRTC's 2006 denial of
    forbearance in Halifax, despite the presence of competition for several
    years. To this day, these markets remain regulated, despite the fact
    Bell Aliant applied for forbearance in 2004 and has lost more than
    30 per cent market share.

    This proves the need for the government to move forward on its
    commitment, as confirmed in the recent federal budget, for a new
    regulatory framework for local service forbearance that will bring the
    full benefits of open competition to consumers.

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly-owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit, and for corporate information on BCE, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Canada, Media
Relations, (416) 581-3311, 1-888-482-0809,

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