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News | 03/28/2002 5:00 am EST

More cablecos apply for basic cable rate deregulation
Cogeco Cable Inc. has filed an application with the CRTC for basic cable rate deregulation for its systems in the Quebec regions of Alma, Sainte-Adèle, Baie-Comeau, Drummondville, Grand-Mère, Magog, Rimouski, Sept-Iles and St.-Hyacinthe, as well as its system in Kingston ON. Previously, the company had remained tight-lipped about its plans for rate deregulation (CCR, Dec. 19/01). Also, Monarch Cablesystems Ltd. has applied for rate deregulation for Medicine Hat AB. Other companies that have filed applications are Vidéotron ltée (CCR, Jan. 31/02), Rogers Cable Inc. (CCR Dec. 6/01; CCR, Oct. 11/01) and Regional Cablesystems Inc. (CCR, Oct. 11/01). Shaw Communications Inc. president Peter Bissonnette told CCR that his company had no plans to file for deregulation (CCR, Dec. 6/01), but in a news release announcing financials this week, the Calgary-based cableco indicates plans to file for deregulation.

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