The pending deregulation of a series of network transport services will move ahead as scheduled, the CRTC said Friday as it rejected a complaint by Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. The “competitor digital network” services—which allow smaller, third-party Internet service providers (ISPs) to pay for access and expand their networks by connecting one network to another—were designated as non-essential in CRTC decision 2008-17, and were scheduled for deregulation on March 3. In a complaint filed with the commission in November, Primus said incumbent telcos BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. had unjustly discriminated against the company by delaying the release of their proposed new rates for those services, which would take effect after deregulation. Primus asked the commission to postpone the date those services would be deregulated until six months after the companies released the proposed rates in order to allow it to search for alternative providers if it did not want to pay those new rates. In a decision posted Friday, the commission said it denied the Primus application and the services would be deregulated as scheduled. It said the incumbents’ plans to offer rates at least 60 days in advance of the services’ deregulation were sufficient. “Accordingly, the Commission finds that the Bell companies and TCC have not conferred an undue preference on themselves or unjustly discriminated against Primus,” the decision said.