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We Interrupt this Prorogue….

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on January 21, 2010

No Usage Based BillingBoy, was I surprised to be flashed with n email notification from Industry Canada.

(Particularly as I have not always been… er… most charitable to The Honourable Tony Clement.)

However, the email bearing his name bears repeating, so I’ll just pop it in entire:

Subject: Regulated access to wholesale telecommunications services

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your concerns regarding regulated access to wholesale telecommunications services.
The MTS Allstream LogoAs you may be aware, three petitions to the Governor in Council have been filed, appealing several decisions of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Each decision concerns the extent that the large former monopoly telephone companies (e.g., Bell Canada) are required to provide competitors with wholesale services at regulated rates and terms. MTS Allstream has appealed Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-117 and Telecom Regulatory Policy 2009-34, and is seeking more stringent wholesale rules. Bell and TELUS have each appealed Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-117 and Telecom Order CRTC 2009-111, and have requested that certain wholesale obligations be removed.
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The public record of these appeals is available under “Gazette Notices and Petitions” on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and elecommunications website at You will find electronic copies of the petitions, public comments made by interested parties, and links to the CRTC decisions under appeal.

CRTCUnder the Telecommunications Act, Cabinet can decide to take action in response to a petition by varying (changing) the decision, referring it back to the CRTC for reconsideration or rescinding the decision. Cabinet can also decide not to intervene and let the CRTC decision remain in place. The government’s powers to intervene expire one year from the date of the decision in question. Given that the matter is still under consideration by Cabinet, it would not be appropriate for me to comment at this time.

Once again, thank you for writing. I trust that this information is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Clement


When Cabinet overturned the ill advised CRTC WIND Mobile decision, much ado was made of the idea that Cabinet interference in CRTC doings was in fact a one time thing.   The second last paragraph of Tony Clement’s letter today rather strongly indicates otherwise.

Very interesting.

Prorogue or no, seems that Mr. Clement is out there working.

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5 Responses to “We Interrupt this Prorogue….”

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  2. Devil's Advocate said


    Apparently, you’re not the only one who got this letter.

    • Oh, I assumed it was a form letter….. somehow they never actually address the questions asked… or at least >my< questions anyway.
      Thanks for the link: JunjiHiroma's illustration on DSL reports was a nice touch.

      Yes its a form letter. That doesn't deprive it of subtext. Was it a week ago when the Honourable Tony Clement was assuring us that no one really minded about prorogation…. bet he's had a wee bit of email since… and now he's making sure we know he isn’t one of the slackers having a vacation.

      Tony Clement’s email is many things but a nullity it ain’t…. having spelled out the options he’s made a point of telling a great many of us that the CRTC is not the end of the line. For StopUBB that is a good thing.

  3. RobertX said

    Thanks for the article.

    Is this a good thing? Or a bad thing?

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