Bell’s wholesale fibre appeal quashed for a second time by CRTC

30 Jun 2016

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has quashed Bell Canada’s second attempt to challenge the regulator’s rules giving competitors access to its high speed networks, the Financial Post reports. In the ‘unsurprising’ decision published yesterday, the CRTC denied Bell’s application to restrict which companies can buy and resell access to large network operators’ fibre internet connections. Bell proposed to restrict wholesale fibre access to ISPs owning their own transport facilities with annual turnover of less than CAD500 million (USD361 million), and also wanted to disallow reselling. With or without the restrictions it proposed, Bell claims that the CRTC’s new rules set in July 2015 ‘will reduce the incentives of both incumbents and new entrants to invest in fibre-to-the-premises’, but the federal government rejected the telco’s petition in May, before the CRTC refused the changes after determining its original ruling had no factual or legal errors. With ISPs submitting pricing proposals to the regulator this week, it is expected to take approximately a year for pricing structures to be finalised and commercial wholesale offers to be launched under the new framework.