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Maxim Jean-Louis has been added to the review panel of ORION, the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network. He is the president of the Collège des Grands Lacs in Toronto.

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Jean Monty hints that BCE may reduce price for Teleglobe
Telecom giant BCE Inc says it is holding talks with the independent committee of the Teleglobe Inc board of directors to discuss the offering price for outstanding shares. Offhand remarks by BCE CEO Jean Monty in New York about seeking a lower price led to a run on Teleglobe and BCE shares on the stock market. BCE originally offered $9.6 billion for the rest of Teleglobe.

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Pilot project in Toronto seeks to make 211 as ubiquitous as 911 dialing

The City of Toronto is spearheading a drive to have a national abbreviated dialing code that would link users to social services in the same way that 911 provides emergency assistance. The United Way of Greater Toronto and Community Information Toronto will soon file an application with the CRTC asking that 211 be adopted as the number for social services.

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Manufacturer launches media campaign to sell digital LAN switches to home market

A Canadian subsidiary of a multinational switch manufacturer has launched a high-profile advertising campaign to convince consumers that the time is ripe to install a digital network in their homes. D-Link Networks Inc of Oakville ON distributed a 16-page glossy insert in the Globe and Mail this month promoting its series of network switches.

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Entrants ask federal cabinet to overturn CRTC decision on LD contribution

Separating fact from fiction in the high stakes war over contribution has moved from the halls of the CRTC to the federal cabinet and even the Senate chamber. Just two weeks before the commission begins hearings into the broader issue of contribution, the cabinet is already weighing the evidence from some hotly worded interventions from telcos and competitors alike. Both sides are desperate to convince those at the highest level of government that their view on long distance contribution is the right one.

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