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TekSavvy welcomes Governor-in-Council decision to let landmark CRTC decision stand

May 12, 2016. Chatham, Ontario & Gatineau, Québec.

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. welcomes yesterday’s federal government statement regarding the CRTC’s landmark July 2015 telecom competition decision.  The statement means the Government of Canada is denying Bell Canada’s petition, filed in October 2015, asking Cabinet to eliminate the wholesale market in essential fibre-optic access facilities by overturning the CRTC’s decision. 

Back in February, TekSavvy and many others, like the Canadian Network Operators Consortium, OpenMedia, City of Calgary, and consumer groups from across the country, had filed contrary arguments.  In the months that followed, Toronto’s city council and many Ottawa city councillors rallied in the same direction.

“Retail competition brings consumers innovation, quality, and more offerings at lower prices.  After two years and thousands of pages, the CRTC last year concluded that without a wholesale market in bottleneck facilities at fair prices, we don’t get that competition – we get oligopolies,” commented Bram Abramson, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer for TekSavvy.  “It was amazing to see the public and city councillors in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa stand up to support the CRTC’s decision.  It is heartening today to see the Government of Canada do the same.”

“Decisions like these go to the core of our ability to invest, innovate, and compete for consumers,” stated Marc Gaudrault, CEO “Our customers come first, and one of the best ways for us to bring them better service and prices is for the government to continue to provide for a more competitive marketplace.”

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