The CRTC announced on Thursday new monthly rates, service charges, and conditions for offering wholesale line-sharing services. In 2008, the commission launched a review of its regulatory framework for the wholesale service. Line sharing is a wholesale service that provides access to unbundled copper local loops, which competitors can lease to offer high-speed Internet service to customers. Line sharing is considered an essential service and is therefore subject to CRTC regulation. On Tuesday the commission approved new rates for Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream Inc., SaskTel and Telus Corp. The commission also set new rules for destandardization of the service. It said that if a provider with 30 lines or more drops below that number for 12 consecutive months it can apply to destandardize the service.