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News | 05/11/2006 4:00 am EDT

Cabinet sends VoIP decision back to CRTC
The federal Cabinet has done what incumbent telephone companies wanted it to do: tell the CRTC to take another look at its controversial May 12 ruling on Voice over IP services. The commission has 120 days to reconsider the decision. "After careful study of the CRTC decision, and the subsequent appeals, the government believes it is in the public interest for the CRTC to reconsider its decision," Industry Canada minister Maxime Bernier said in a news release. "This will give the CRTC the opportunity to take into account the increase in demand for VoIP services and changes to the overall regulatory environment since the original decision was announced last year."

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