Media advisory - FCM to release report on the cost to local taxpayers of Canada's outdated telecommunications act, June 18 in Toronto

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a report being released later
this morning in Toronto, property tax payers are subsidizing Canada's
telecommunications companies to the tune of over $100 million per year.
    The report, by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), says that
Canada's current federal telecommunications rules allow telcos to dig up
streets to lay their cables without fully compensating municipalities for the
    The report will be released at 11:00 a.m. (all times Eastern) by FCM
President Jean Perrault at a news conference in the Members' Lounge adjacent
to City Council chambers, at Toronto City Hall.
    FCM President Perrault will be accompanied by Councillor Howard Moscoe of
Toronto, FCM Board member, and Chair of FCM's Telecommunications Subcommittee.
    A technical briefing for reporters will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the
large boardroom on the 14th Floor, East Tower, Toronto City Hall. The
technical briefing will be led by FCM Intergovernmental Relations Manager
Gabriel Miller, supported by the following contributors to the report: Peter
Judd, City of Vancouver and Professor Stéphane Emard-Chabot, University of
    Reporters may attend the briefing by telephone. Call 1-866-440-4486 (in
Toronto 416-343-4997), enter conference ID: 8170870# and follow the prompts.
For assistance, dial star 0. NOTE: Please do not put the call on hold;
instead, please use the mute/unmute feature--((*)) 6 and #6--of the conference
call facility. If you need to leave the call, please disconnect.
    Copies of the report will be posted on the FCM website at 11:00 a.m. and
will also be available in the briefing room.

    WHAT:    FCM President Jean Perrault, accompanied by Howard Moscoe,
             releases a report on the cost to local taxpayers of Canada's
             outdated telecommunications regime

    WHEN:    June 18 - News conference at 11:00 a.m., Technical briefing at.
             10:00 a.m.

    WHERE:   News conference: Members' Lounge, adjacent to Council Chambers,
             Toronto City Hall
             Technical briefing: Large boardroom, 14th Floor, East Tower,
             Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

For further information:

For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395

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