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AT&T Canada Inc has added a couple of prominent names to its staff. Mark Ethier, the new senior VP of business sales, joins the telco from Telus, where he was senior VP of sales. Emilio Taddio, most recently with Destia Communications and before that Fonorola, is the new senior VP wholesale.

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Canadians not clamouring for faster speed

Nearly 80% of Canadian ISP customers are happy with their service, according to a Decima Research Inc poll conducted for Decima Publishing Inc. The telephone survey of 926 Canadians found 39% are "satisfied" with their ISP, while 40% said they are "very satisfied". Similar figures — 44% "satisfied" and 39% "very satisfied" — were reported when people were asked whether they felt they got value for their money. About 60% of the respondents said they have access to the Internet, either at home or work.

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Calling Canada costs US consumers less

WTO agreement leads to lower LD rates on largest intern'l traffic routes, FCC report.
Rates for US consumers for international service and international settlement rates have both declined since the adoption of the World Trade Organiza-tion (WTO) agreement, according to a study by the Federal Communications Commi-ssion in the United States.

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Quebec seeks to bolster Internet penetration with tax credits and subsidies

The Quebec government is offering a $15-million incentive package for companies that bring fibre and coaxial cable networks to less populated regions of the province. Announced as part of its March 14 budget, Quebec is committing a total of $340 million to improve the province's high-speed networks, and to get families online and businesses into e-commerce.

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Bell free to charge 75 cents for DA calls; CRTC turns down review and vary appeal

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) isn't holding out hope that an appeal to the federal Cabinet would succeed in overturning a March 15 CRTC decision that upholds Bell Canada's right to charge for all directory assistance numbers, even when a number can't be found. When asked how her group may respond to the dismissed appeal, PIAC's legal counsel, Philippa Lawson, told Network Letter, "We're not sure yet". Launching a follow-up appeal to Cabinet is always an option, but she points out that the government prefers dealing with broad policy issues, rather than micromanaging federally regulated industries.

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Vancouver expected to follow Toronto’s lead in race to find more phone numbers

The group tasked with solving Canada's telephone number shortage wants Vancouver residents to begin using 10-digit dialing for local calls within two years. Public opposition to the recommendation is already mounting, but as the CRTC Industry Steering Committee (CISC) points out, the alternatives are even less attractive. Public education campaigns are expected to warm people to the idea.

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Rights of way battles continue on two fronts; CRTC likely to arbitrate a settlement

Two of Canada's largest cities are digging in their heels to battle BCT.Telus Communications Inc, other telecom carriers and, if necessary, the CRTC over their right to charge market rents for access to public rights of way. The disputes – which are now before the commission as part of two separate proceedings – escalated in February when the City of Vancouver notified Telus that it will be canceling the telco's right of way and access agreements at the end of this year.

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