Regulator set to kick start local competition

8 Apr 2003

Canada’s telecoms regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), has announced that it is considering ways in which it can help to boost competition in the local call market, particularly in rural areas. Headed by Charles Dalfen, the CRTC aims to challenge the likes of former monopoly operator Bell Canada, which continues to take around 98% of the local access market in certain regions. The commission hopes to crack down on ‘unfair business practices’, and has emphasised its commitment to removing any obstacles to fair and unsustainable competition in the local telephony market.