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November 13, 2019

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BCE urges Ottawa to overturn CRTC ruling on wholesale network rates
  BCE urges Ottawa to overturn CRTC ruling on wholesale network rates

Alexandra Posadzki

Canada’s large telephone and cable companies are asking the federal cabinet to intervene in a CRTC ruling that requires them to lower the rates they charge smaller internet providers for access to their networks.

BCE Inc. filed a petition to the Governor in Council on Wednesday, arguing that the August ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission would hamper investment in infrastructure, particularly in rural and remote areas. The telephone company is asking cabinet to overturn the decision and reinstate the previous rates.

Meanwhile, a group of five cable operators – Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Québecor Inc.’s Videotron Ltd., Cogeco Communications Inc. and Eastlink owner Bragg Communications Inc. – filed a separate petition to the Governor in Council on Wednesday. They’re asking cabinet to send the decision back to the CRTC for reconsideration and to cancel any retroactive payments that are owed to independent internet service providers (ISPs).

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