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CCTA to ask Supreme Court to rule on CRTC’s right to regulate utility pole access

News | 08/02/2001 4:00 am EDT

The courts will end up replacing the CRTC in resolving disputes between cable operators and utilities unless the Supreme Court of Canada overturns a lower court ruling that effectively puts hydro poles outside the commission’s jurisdiction, the cable industry warns. The Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) says it will seek leave to appeal a July 13 decision by the Federal Court of Appeal that struck down a 1999 decision by the CRTC (Telecom Decision 1999-13). The court said the commission overstepped its jurisdiction in setting rates for access to hydro poles.

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