Bell welcomes deregulation of local phone service



    
    - Consumers to benefit from more competition, choice and innovation
    - Ruling deregulates competitive residential phone markets including
      Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Hamilton, London and Québec City
    

    OTTAWA, Ontario, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Welcoming deregulation of prices
for local phone service as the start of a new era that benefits Canadians,
Bell today said it now has greater freedom to compete more effectively and
develop new offers for consumers in dozens of communities across Ontario and
Quebec.
    Based on a ruling issued today by the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), for the first time ever, prices for
residential local phone services provided by Bell will no longer be regulated
in markets including: Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Hamilton, London and
Québec City, as well as many other cities and communities in both provinces.
    "Consumers are the big winners," said Kevin Crull, President of
Residential Services for Bell. "Competition in the local phone market is going
to heat up, and consumers can look forward to new and innovative service
offerings becoming available from Bell in the near future."
    Today's ruling is the first to address a number of local forbearance
applications filed by Bell under revised rules set by the Government of Canada
earlier this year. The CRTC is expected to rule on the additional applications
soon. In the meantime, the company is moving ahead with the development of new
customer offers.
    "We now have greater flexibility to develop new offers that provide value
for our customers," added Mr. Crull. "Bell will be even better able to compete
with non-regulated cable firms and other service providers, and that means
more choices will be available in the marketplace."
    The ruling is based on the Government of Canada's local forbearance
framework and is consistent with its Policy Direction requiring the CRTC to
rely on market forces to the greatest extent possible. It also follows the
establishment of the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications
Services (CCTS), an independent, industry-funded agency that Bell and other
service providers recently set up at the government's request to help
consumers and small businesses handle unresolved service concerns in
deregulated markets.
    "Canadians are benefiting from the federal government's strong support
for more modern, efficient and customer-focused telecom rules," said Lawson
Hunter, Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer of Bell. "Today's
landmark decision is the next logical step in that progression. We look
forward to the CRTC quickly addressing our other forbearance applications,
including those that will benefit our business customers."

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
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 www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
www.bce.ca.


    
             List of Bell Exchanges in Ontario and Quebec where
           Residential Local Services are Forborne from Regulation

                     Exchanges within the Priority CMAs

    Hamilton CMA              Ottawa-Gatineau      Toronto CMA
                              CMA
    Ancaster                                       Ajax-Pickering
    Burlington                Carp                 Alliston
    Dundas                    Cumberland           Aurora
    Grimsby                   Gatineau             Beeton
    Stoney Creek              Gloucester           Bolton
    Waterdown                 Jockvale             Bradford
                              Kanata-Stittsville   Brampton
    London CMA                Manotick             Caledon East
                              Metcalfe             Castlemore
    Belmont                   Navan                Clarkson
    Dorchester                North Gower          Cooksville
    Harrietsville             Orleans              Georgetown
    Lambeth                   Osgoode              Gormley
    London                    Ottawa-Hull          Keswick
    St. Thomas                Richmond             King City
    Thorndale                 Russell              Kleinburg
                                                   Malton
    Montréal CMA              Québec CMA           Maple
                                                   Markham
    Beauharnois               Boischatel           Milton
    Beloeil                   Charny               Mount Albert
    Boucherville              Lévis                Newmarket
    Chambly                   Loretteville         Nobleton
    Châteauguay               Québec               Oakville
    Chomedey                  Ste-Pétronille       Palgrave
    Ile-Perrot                St-Nicolas           Port Credit
    L'Epiphanie-L'Assomption                       Queensville
    Lachine                                        Richmond Hill
    Laprairie                                      Schomberg
    Laval-Est                                      Snelgrove
    Laval-Ouest                                    South Pickering
    Lavaltrie                                      Stouffville
    Le Gardeur                                     Streetsville
    Les Cèdres                                     Sutton
    Longueuil                                      Thornhill
    Mascouche                                      Toronto
    Mirabel-St-Augustin                            Tottenham
    Montréal                                       Unionville
    Pointe-Claire                                  Victoria
    Pont-Viau                                      Woodbridge
    Roxboro
    St-Bruno
    St-Constant
    Ste-Anne-des-Plaines
    Ste-Geneviève
    Ste-Julie-de-Verchères
    Ste-Rose
    Ste-Thérèse
    St-Eustache
    St-Jérôme
    St-Lambert
    St-Vincent-de-Paul
    Terrebonne
    Varennes
    Vaudreuil


             List of Bell Exchanges in Ontario and Quebec where
           Residential Local Services are Forborne from Regulation

                   Exchanges outside of the Priority CMAs

    Ayr                       New Dundee           Tavistock
    Baden                     New Hamburg          Tecumseh
    Barrie                    Newcastle            Thamesford
    Beamsville                Niagara Falls        Tillsonburg
    Belleville                Niagara-on-the-Lake  Trenton
    Bowmanville               Orillia              Trois-Rivières
    Brantford                 Orono                Valleyfield
    Breslau                   Oshawa               Verchères
    Brooklin                  Paris                Wasaga Beach
    Caledonia                 Peterborough         Waterville
    Carleton Place            Port Colbourne       Welland
    Collingwood               Preston              Whitby
    Cookstown                 Shawinigan           Windsor
    Coteau-du-Lac             Sherbrooke           Woodstock
    Coteau-Landing            Sorel
    Deauville                 St. Catharines
    Drummondville             St. Clements
    East Angus                St. George
    Elmira                    St. Jacobs
    Elmvale                   St-Césaire
    Essex                     Ste-Adèle
    Fort Erie                 Ste-Agathe
    Galt                      Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré
    Grand-Mère                St-Féréol
    Guelph                    St-Hyacinthe
    Hespeler                  St-Jean
    Ingersoll                 St-Jovite
    Innerkip                  St-Lin
    Kingston                  St-Marc
    Kitchener-Waterloo        Stratford
    Lefroy                    Stroud
    Louiseville               St-Sauveur
    Magog
    Marieville
    




For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Pierre
Leclerc, Bell Media Relations, (514) 391-2007, 1-877-391-2007,
pierre.leclerc@bell.ca


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