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Telesat urges broadcast clients to support its exemption from paying phone subsidies

News | 03/29/2001 5:00 am EST

Telesat Canada’s president and CEO is rallying broadcasters to support its appeal of a telecom ruling on local phone subsidies that could result in higher fees for satellite users. In his annual address to the Canadian Satellite Users Association conference on March 21, Larry Boisvert explained that the CRTC’s new contribution regime for subsidizing the cost of local phone service now applies to Telesat, and that those costs will be passed onto broadcasters and specialty channels, which comprise about half of its customer base (CCR, March 14/00).

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