News | 02/14/2001 5:00 am EST
Why the CRTC reversed its own policy and allowed BCE to buy a Quebec cableco In a controversial decision released Feb. 6, the CRTC approved the sale of Câblevision du Nord du Québec to Télébec, a Quebec telco owned by BCE Inc. In Decision 2001-45, five commissioners opposed the decision in dissenting opinions, saying it gives BCE a monopoly in delivering telephony, cable TV, and satellite TV services to the more than 100,000 people living in the region. Commissioner Stuart Langford called it an "unprecedented policy reversal" by the commission that appears to "turn a blind eye to the conclusion that 'Canadians want and deserve choice'." An edited excerpt of commissioner Stuart Langford's written dissent appears below:
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