Interventions—Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission

Submission made to the Canadian Radio‑television and Communications Commission (CRTC): Comments of the Commissioner of Competition to the Canadian Radio‑television and Telecommunications Commission with regards to Part VII Application by Call‑Net Enterprises For Order Directing that ILECs Must Provide Retail ADSL Services to Customers Who Choose Residential Local Telephone Service from Other Providers.

On February 27th, 2003, the Competition Bureau filed a submission in the above matter supporting the application made by Call‑Net seeking untying of telephone and high speed Internet services (ADSL) by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs). The Bureau supports the view that opening up local residential telephone markets to competition is an important priority for the Government of Canada's telecommunications policy.

In the Bureau's view, the ILECs have a virtual monopoly over local residential telephone service and their policy of requiring their ADSL customers to take their local residential telephone service raises barriers to entry into local competition. In effect, this policy requires Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) to enter at two stages of the telecommunications industry and thereby discriminates against stand‑alone CLECs (CLECs which have elected to enter only the local residential telephone stage). As a result, residential consumers are denied competitive choices.

For more information on this matter, please consult the Canadian Radio‑television and Communications Commission's web site.

To obtain a copy of the submission, you may download it by using the above link or by calling the Canadian Radio‑television and Telecommunications Commission at 819‑997‑2429 (document available in English only).

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