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Telecom companies fight Telesat appeal; say phone subsidy should be shared by all

News | 04/17/2001 4:00 am EDT

Rogers Wireless Inc and other companies are fighting Telesat Canada’s attempt to become the only Canadian telecom carrier that doesn’t have to pay into a new subsidy fund for local phone service. After having failed to convince the CRTC that it should phase in the new tax for wireless companies, Rogers says it’s unfair that Telesat should ask that it and its TMI Communications Inc subsidiary be exempted from paying into the fund. It notes that the wireless industry asked for even less in its appeal, and was still turned down.

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