BCE Inc. doesn’t have to implement a freeze on rates it charges Iristel Inc. while the CRTC decides how to settle a dispute between the two regarding the rates, the regulator said Thursday. In January, Iristel filed a Part 1 application saying that Bell put in place “massive and unprecedented rate increases” for access to some of its infrastructure. Iristel CEO Samer Bishay said at the time the increases of between 80 per cent and 250 per cent would affect transport for voice legacy services in Ontario and Quebec, and that they could also have “an impact on internet transport due to some of the locations.” Bell argued that because the CRTC previously chose to forebear from regulating legacy services, it doesn’t have the authority to fulfill Iristel’s request for interim relief, which is to order Bell to keep the old rates in place until a final decision is made. On Thursday, the CRTC denied that interim request. It said Iristel hasn’t provided enough evidence to support it, including insufficient evidence that Bell’s rate increases will force it to hike retail rates, the amount of those potential retail rate increases or “how its reputation in the marketplace as a provider of competitively priced voice services would be damaged if it passed on its costs, particularly if it continues to purchase Bell Canada’s services for only a limited period of time until it migrates to an alternative supplier.” It added that Iristel assumed another supplier can provide it with better rates. “Further, until the Commission has made a determination on whether to re-regulate certain forborne services, as proposed by Iristel as part of its request for final relief, it is in the public interest to let market forces operate,” the CRTC said.