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News | 12/21/2000 5:00 am EST

Suite Systems wins BDU licence to serve MUDs across Canada
The CRTC has approved Suite Systems Inc’s application for Class 1 cable licences in 17 communities across the Prairies and Ontario. The Calgary-based rental property owner – a subsidiary of Boardwalk Equities Inc – is the largest apartment owner in Canada. It was approved to offer cable TV services to its tenants in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Airdrie, Banff, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston and Ottawa. The application was opposed by both the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Cable Television Association. Suite Systems plans to spend $50 million on an overbuild distribution system for IP-based digital cable TV. Its service bundle will also offer Internet and local telephony and will be made available to its own tenants, as well as to multiple unit dwellings it doesn’t own, and then to single family dwellings.

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