Bell Canada welcomes government reform of local telephone regulation - Consumers to benefit from increased competition

    MONTREAL, Quebec, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada today applauded the
federal Cabinet's decision to implement a simple and efficient framework for
forbearance from regulating local telephone services.
    "This government has seized the opportunity for a new model for telecom
policy, and that is great news for Canadian consumers and businesses, the
telecom industry and, most importantly, Canada's prosperity," said Michael
Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE and CEO of Bell Canada.
"Customers will see the benefits of increased competition, including greater
value through more choice and new offers as soon as the order takes effect -
new promotions, winback initiatives, and ultimately new and innovative local
service bundles."
    Bell will file local forbearance applications in qualifying areas of the
six largest communities identified by the Cabinet in Ontario and Quebec -
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, London, Hamilton and Quebec City - in the
coming days. Additional applications for forbearance in other qualifying areas
will follow shortly.
    "This dramatic change, together with other recent changes like the Policy
Direction to the CRTC, is a major step in ensuring Canada has a modern and
efficient telecom policy," added Lawson Hunter, Executive Vice President and
Chief Corporate Officer, BCE and Bell Canada. "By implementing the
recommendations made last year by the expert Telecommunications Policy Review
Panel, including the commitments surrounding consumer protection such as the
creation of a telecom ombudsman, the government and Minister Bernier have
demonstrated a clear and exciting vision for the future of Canada's telecom
    The TPR Panel concluded in March 2006 that while Canada has one of the
most competitive telecom markets in the world, it also has one of the most
costly and extensive regulatory regimes. The Panel called for a regulatory
framework that places much greater reliance on market forces.

    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

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