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Satellite operators warn broadcasters will foot bill for contribution payments

News | 03/12/2001 5:00 am EST

Telesat Canada wants the CRTC to exempt both itself and a subsidiary from new contribution rules that could cost the satellite carrier $8.3 million this year – a telecommunications fee it warns would ultimately be paid for by broadcast licensees. The BCE Inc-owned company, and its TMI Communications affiliate, are among the telecom companies that are now required to pay local phone subsidies under the commission’s new contribution rules – Decision 2000-745.

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