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There's been a new round of appointments at BCE Inc. Michael Sabia is the new EVP of the telecom giant, while continuing as vice-chair of Bell Canada International. Taking Sabia's place as president and CEO of BCI is Louis Tanguay, most recently president of Bell Quebec. His first act as boss was to name Robert Bouchard as EVP and COO of the firm. Bouchard was previously BCI's VP operations support. The parent company announced that chief corporate officer Wes Scott will be retiring in March.

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Sprint Canada introduces new long distance plan
Sprint Canada has introduced a new LD rate in Quebec and Ontario. Subscribers in those two provinces can call anywhere in Canada for 10 cents during peak times each weekday and five cents for evenings and weekends.

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Cable industry’s offer of third party access wins cautious approval from Internet firms

The long drawn out fight between cablecos and ISPs over third party access may finally be coming to a close. Then again, technology may delay the launch even further.

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Cabinet upholds CRTC rulings, suggests others could start paying contribution

The federal cabinet is suggesting that changes to the long distance contribution regime are warranted, and that other telecom companies may have to start paying into the $800-million subsidy fund. But rather than overturn Telecom Decision 99-20, the government believes the CRTC is best equipped to deal with the concerns in a broader proceeding that begins this week in Hull QC on contribution (Telecom PN 99-6).

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