Rogers Cable Inc. is dismissing allegations from other Internet service providers that it promoted its high-speed Internet service on its community channels in violation of CRTC rules. "These are not ads, these are not promos. They are announcements to our existing customers on how to convert from @home to @rogers," Ken Engelhart, VP of regulatory law at Rogers Communications Inc., tells CCR. "We aren’t encouraging new customers to sign up. In fact, we might be discouraging some people with the ads because of the changes our existing customers had to make." The Independent Members of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (IMCAIP) filed a notice with the CRTC on January 9, accusing Rogers of using airtime on its community channels, promotional channels and local inserts on U.S. specialty channels to advertise its high-speed Internet service in violation of CRTC guidelines (CCR, Jan. 18/02, May 27/98). Engelhart says the spots will stop running at the end of the month, the deadline for conversion from @home to @rogers. He sees no reason why other Internet providers should be given ad time on its channels since Rogers was only distributing information about conversion, and not targeting new customers. In its January 23 response to IMCAIP’s complaint, Rogers tells the CRTC that once @home went bankrupt, "because of limited time-frames involved, the e-mail migration had to be explained and demonstrated to our customers as quickly and effectively as possible." See the Newsmaker for the response of the IMCAIP.