TELUS applies for local phone service deregulation in Calgary, Victoria, and Rimouski
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS today announced that it has applied for local phone service deregulation in Calgary, Victoria, and Rimouski. These applications follow similar filings for Vancouver and Edmonton last Wednesday. TELUS intends to file additional applications for deregulation in the near future.
TELUS’ application to the CRTC follows the April 4 announcement by Canada’s Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that telecommunications companies can apply for relaxation of local phone service regulations in communities where significant competition exists.
“Local service deregulation in Calgary, Victoria and Rimouski will bring the full benefits of competition to these cities,” said Janet Yale, TELUS executive vice-president of Corporate Affairs. “We are excited to be entering a new era of true competition that allows TELUS to compete on a level playing field and continue to invest in technology and innovation for the benefit of Canadian consumers.”
The new rules, which come into effect on April 18, 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.
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