Bell tells CRTC to change rules favoring Canadian cable companies

Canada's biggest communications company wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to change rules that it claims favor cable companies when it comes to signing up new subscribers.

Bell, which includes Bell Mobility, Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and Bell home phone local and long distance--and which plans to launch an IPTV service this year in Toronto and Montreal--believes that "decades-old rules that have ensured a competitive advantage for cable companies need to change," said the company's president-CEO George Cope in a news release.

Bell would like the CRTC to rescind a rule that lets cable companies cancel a phone customer's service when they switch providers, claiming that customers should be required to deal first before they switch. Barring that, Bell would be happy if the CRTC let cable competitors transfer TV accounts the same way. The telco also wants the elimination of fees cable companies charge telcos for access to inside wiring.

For more:
- see this news release

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