Canadian regulator turns the screw

14 Mar 2003

Canadian telecoms watchdog the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has imposed a temporary ban on fixed line telcos offering promotions for basic services to existing customers. The regulator has taken the decision amid growing concerns over competition. It hopes the move will ‘remove any obstacles to fair and sustainable competition in the local telephone market’. The news is a blow to telecoms heavyweights such as Telus and BCE and some local analysts have even dubbed the ruling overly draconian.