Ottawa to Block CRTC on VoIP

15 Nov ’06

The Globe reports on a coming earthquake in telecom regulation:

The Harper government will announce Wednesday its intention to rewrite the CRTC’s key ruling on Internet-based telephone services, a highly unusual move that could mark a big step toward a more open and consumer-friendly sector.

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will say in a speech in Toronto that the Conservative government will again block the CRTC’s repeated efforts to regulate phone services that run over the Internet.

The move increases the odds that digitally based telephone services will become even more common in the near future, which could be a boon for consumers. It also signals that Mr. Bernier will aggressively move forward with his plan to overhaul Canada’s highly regulated telecom sector, even though the Conservatives have only a minority government.

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