Telecommunications

CRTC fines Bell $7.5 million for violation of the Telecommunications Act

GATINEAU, Que. – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) imposes fines of $7.5 million on Bell Canada, owned by BCE Inc., for violating the Telecommunications Act.

The regulator says Bell refused requests for permits from Videotron of Quebec that would have given it access to the telecommunications giant’s telephone poles.

The CRTC says this delayed Videotron’s network rollout and created a competitive advantage for Bell.

Ian Scott, president and CEO of the CRTC, says the decision proves the regulator “will not hesitate to use the tools at (its) disposal” to maintain competitiveness in the broadcasting industry and telecommunications.

The CRTC says the penalties should “deter future non-compliance” with the Telecommunications Act.

Bell says it is “reviewing the decision” and has “no comment at this time.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 15, 2022.

Companies in this story: (TSX: BCE)

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