CRTC denies requests by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and TELUS on connection charges and monthly rates

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today denied requests by Bell Canada,
Bell Aliant and TELUS to make changes to the local telephone rates for
residential customers. The companies had proposed to eliminate the connection
charges for new customers and existing customers who move in exchange for
approval to increase rates for all residential customers.
    "We did not feel it was appropriate to approve a rate increase for all
residential customers to compensate for the elimination of connection charges.
The government's recent direction on forbearance removed the CRTC's
restrictions over promotions and winbacks," said Richard French, the CRTC's
Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications. "Telephone companies are free to apply at
any time to reduce or eliminate their connection charges, and the Commission
will deal with their requests expeditiously."
    In their submissions, Bell Canada and Bell Aliant proposed to increase
the monthly rates for each residential customer by $0.80, while TELUS proposed
increases ranging from $0.58 to $1.

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference documents:
    Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-37
    Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-11

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