Phone service deregulated in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, and Rimouski



    Deregulation of all phone services will result in more competition and
    innovation

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - Residential phone services in Vancouver,
Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Rimouski are free from regulation. Earlier
today the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
announced it has accepted TELUS' application for deregulation of local
consumer phone services in Great Vancouver and Victoria in B.C., Calgary and
Edmonton in Alberta and Rimouski in Quebec. The decision follows the first
deregulation announcements made July 25, which included TELUS' application for
Fort McMurray.
    "Deregulation of telecommunications services will bring the full benefits
of competition to anyone who has a home phone in the communities announced by
the CRTC today," said Janet Yale, TELUS executive vice-president of Corporate
Affairs. "We are entering a new era where TELUS will have the flexibility to
quickly bring creative offers to the marketplace while continuing our
investment in technology and innovation for the benefit of Canadian businesses
and consumers."
    TELUS applied for deregulation of local residential phone services in
Greater Vancouver (including exchanges providing service to Vancouver, New
Westminster, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, and Surrey), Victoria,
Edmonton, Calgary, Rimouski, and Fort McMurray following the April 4
announcement by Canada's Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that
telecommunications companies can apply for deregulation in communities where
significant competition exists. TELUS later applied for deregulation of
regulated business phone services in phone exchanges covering 78 per cent of
business lines in B.C. and Alberta, 52 per cent in eastern Quebec.
    TELUS will apply for deregulation in all eligible communities in the
coming weeks and months. As additional communities are deregulated TELUS will
for the first time be able to bring their residents promotions and bundles of
services tailored to their calling needs.
    The new rules allow incumbent telecommunications carriers to apply to the
CRTC for deregulation in any community where customers can choose between
service providers and where they meet specific quality of service measures for
six months. The new rules state that local business services will be
deregulated where there is a choice of at least two phone providers with their
own network infrastructure. Deregulation for consumer services will occur
where there is a choice of at least three service providers with their own
network infrastructure, one of which can be a wireless provider.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.8 billion of annual revenue and 10.8 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
visit telus.com.





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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Shawn
Hall, TELUS Media Relations, (604) 697-8176, shawn.hall@telus.com

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