Telus forms alliance with O.N. TelTelus Corp. and O.N. Telcom have formed a strategic alliance to deliver services in northern Ontario. The deal gives the provincially-owned telco access to Telus’ national IP backbone. The western ILEC expands its footprint in central Canada.Telus loses appeal on Shaw conduitIn Telecom Decision 2004-16, the CRTC turned down a Part VII application by Telus Communications Inc. that sought to delay any reconciliation of accounts as a result of Telecom Decision 2003-54. The original ruling varied the rates that Shaw Communications Inc. paid for Type B, C and D conduit. Telus is currently appealing 2003-54 before the Federal Court of Appeal.Change to contribution deductions deniedThe CRTC ruled in Telecom Decision 2004-15 that Millennium Global Telecom Inc. is not entitled to a change in its contribution deductions for unused portions of calling cards. The firm had wanted that money declared non-telecom revenues. Another request to increase Millennium’s inter-carrier payments was also turned down.Accutel appeals contribution assessmentToronto’s Accutel Conference Systems Inc. has filed a Part VII application with the CRTC over contribution payments. At issue is whether an exemption can be granted when terminal equipment is not located on the customer’s premises. The filing deals with Telecom Decision 2000-745 and Order 2001-221.Supreme Court refuses to hear wiretap appealThe Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a leave to appeal by Swapan Kumar Mazumber against Bell Canada. He had been convicted for an offence under an incomplete wiretap, a conviction that was overturned on appeal. He sued the telco for its actions but the courts ruled Bell was not liable.Telecom Ottawa inks deal with Meriton NetworksTelecom Ottawa is expanding its high-speed network using equipment from Meriton Networks Inc. of Ottawa. The utel will use Meriton’s high-speed metro architecture to reach into new metropolitan areas. Telecom Ottawa’s grid delivers Gigabit Ethernet service.Competition Bureau leads global anti-fraud fightThe Competition Bureau has introduced an anti-fraud education program that is being adapted for use in the United States and the United Kingdom. The regime is based on the Phonebusters program. The plan is a partnership between the Bureau, the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police and private groups.Onlinetel expands Call Zone in QuebecOnlinetel has expanded its Call Zone program in Quebec, making the service available in Trois-Rivières, Chicoutimi and Sherbrooke. The plan already operates in Montreal and Quebec City and in Alberta and Ontario. The company hopes to begin offering Call Zone in British Columbia soon.Versatel rolls out gateway and server productVersatel Networks Inc. of Hull QC has introduced the EdgeIQ platform that combines media gateway and media server resources in one chassis. The services can be provided to PSTN and IP customers equally. This is the latest rollout from the company, which has been moving aggressively in the softswitch market (NL, May 6/03).Telco lobbyists among those under fire from NDPNDP leader Jack Layton is asking Prime Minister Paul Martin to close the revolving door between government and lobbying firms. Among the telecom lobbyists he targets are former Rogers AT&T Wireless honcho Francis Fox, ex-BCE Inc. executive Peter Nicholson, Earnscliffe’s André Albinati and StrategyCorp’s John Duffy. Duffy immediately fired back with his own news release disputing Layton’s allegations.INTERNATIONAL NEWSTelecom IPOs all the rage in EuropeSeveral telcos in Europe have announced plans to introduce IPOs in the next few weeks. Among those seeking extra cash are Ireland’s Eircom Ltd., Italy’s Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA, and Belgacom. The Belgian telco hopes the funds raised will lead to it making major acquisitions.Court rejects FCC rules on local phone serviceBy a unanimous ruling, the three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. District said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not have the authority to delegate responsibility for setting telco rates. Until the decision, CLECs could lease networks from ILECs at government-established rates. FCC chair Michael Powell and commissioner Kathleen Abernathy hailed the ruling; commissioners Jonathan Adelstein, Michael Copps and Kevin Martin were disappointed.Do Not Call battle moves to U.S. Supreme CourtThe American Teleservices Association (ATA) is seeking leave to appeal a Do Not Call ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Federal Appeals Court upheld the legality of the list (NL Update, Feb. 23/04). The ATA maintains this is an issue of commercial free speech being threatened.Covad buys VoIP provider GoBeamCovad Communications Group Inc. has purchased GoBeam Inc., a VoIP provider. Covad says the move will shift it from a broadband company to an integrated voice and data carrier. The US$48-million deal is expected to close in May.Cavalier Telephone to run Dominion Telecom gridVirginia CLEC Cavalier Telephone will operate the fibre network of Dominion Telecom after a Cavalier subsidiary buys the grid from Dominion parent Dominion Resources. The 8,000-mile network runs along the East Coast and the Midwest. It also has a small spur from Albany NY to Montreal (NL, Feb. 24/03).WorldCom’s ex-chief faces more chargesThe former CEO of WorldCom Inc., Bernard Ebbers, has been indicted for conspiracy, securities fraud and filing a false document with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Co-accused Scott Sullivan, the ex-CFO of the telco, pleaded guilty and will testify against the Canadian-born Ebbers. The onetime CEO was charged with violating Oklahoma securities laws last September.