February 22, 2024

Bell Canada has filed a lawsuit to forestall the corporate from having to open its fiber optic community to small impartial companies, as ordered by the CRTC final week to spur competitors in web costs in Quebec and Ontario.

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In a submitting Thursday with the federal appeals courtroom, the corporate claims that opening its fiber-optic community to competitors would value $30 million in coaching and gear, together with $14 million that may be irreparably misplaced.

Bell Canada would additionally lose a aggressive benefit over its rivals, it argues in courtroom paperwork, in accordance with a Globe and Mail report.

The telecommunications large believes it’s unfair to should open up its fiber optic community after investing round $4 billion a 12 months to increase it over the previous decade.

In early November, the Canadian Radio-Tv and Telecommunications Fee (CRTC) ordered Bell Media and Telus Communications to open their fiber optic networks to impartial resellers of web companies in Ontario and Quebec inside six months. Different cable firms, corresponding to Cogeco and Videotron, aren’t affected by this interim order, which was issued whereas awaiting a public session to think about the matter.

On the identical day because the CRTC’s announcement, Bell Canada introduced it could scale back spending on its fiber optic community by $1 billion in 2024 and 2025.

The CRTC made this choice after discovering that the variety of impartial enterprise subscribers had declined by 47% in two years. Remember that in Canada, giant firms are required to open their cable Web community to impartial resellers, however fiber optic cables are at present not topic to regulation.

The CRTC has not commented on the matter as a result of it’s now earlier than the courts.