The CRTC closed its file on a BCE Inc. complaint that said MTS Inc. gave itself an undue competitive advantage by repackaging two Bell specialty services. In February, Bell complained to the commission that MTS gave itself an unfair market advantage by repackaging the Bell-owned Discovery Channel and E! specialty services while the two sides negotiated a new affiliation agreement. At the time, MTS and a handful of other independent broadcast distributors, collectively known as the Canadian Independent Distributors Group, were engaged in negotiations to renew their agreements to carry Bell’s 29 specialty services. The Bell complaint said repackaging the channel in the absence of an agreement put the E! specialty channel at an undue disadvantage and is counter to the “standstill” rule introduced in July 2011 as part of the commission's new vertical integration framework for large companies that own broadcast content as well as broadcast distribution systems. In a letter posted on the commission’s website this week, CRTC executive director of broadcasting Scott Hutton said the commission closed the file on the complaint after receiving a request from Bell to do so. “Pursuant to Bell’s indication to CRTC staff on 12 October 2012 that it is now appropriate to close this file, the Commission confirms that the file is now closed,” Hutton wrote.