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PIAC Media Release: Minister’s Proposed Directive to CRTC is One-Sided and Beyond his Powers: PIAC

August 16, 2006

For immediate release

Attention: News/Business Editors

Minister’s Proposed Directive to CRTC is One-Sided and Beyond his Powers: PIAC

(Ottawa) The Public Interest Advocacy Centre today filed a response to the federal government’s CRTC policy directive.

“The Government, with the proposed Policy Direction, is not facilitating competition. Instead, it is intervening to protect the interests of the regulated incumbents without ensuring that the interests of other stakeholders are protected,” the filing concludes.

“This directive will hurt ordinary Canadian telephone customers,” says Michael Janigan, PIAC Executive Director and General Counsel. “It will let the big boys bully the CRTC.”

Janigan says many of the Minister’s proposals exceed the authority of the policy directive process used and instead must be addressed by the legislative process.

The seven-page PIAC filing, IN THE MATTER OF a proposed Order under Section 8 of the Telecommunications Act – Policy Direction to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (PIAC Comments on CRTC Policy Direction)is available at:

 

 

thumb_pdfIN THE MATTER OF a proposed Order under Section 8 of the Telecommunications Act – Policy Direction to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (PIAC Comments on CRTC Policy Direction)
Download File: piac_comments_telecom_policy_direction.pdf [size: 0.24 mb]

Michael Janigan
(613) 562-4002 ext 26

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