Independent media needs you. Join the Tyee.

The Hook: Political news, freshly caught

Feds OK competition between big and small phone companies in rural areas

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet has upheld a CRTC ruling that allows big telephone companies to compete against smaller ones in rural areas.

Smaller phone companies from Ontario, Quebec and B.C. petitioned cabinet to overturn a May 2011 decision by Canada's telecom regulator to allow competition in some rural and remote parts of the country.

Those areas had been protected from competition by regulations that allowed for only one service provider.

The associations representing small independent telephone companies had argued the CRTC ruling meant the big companies would be free to offer telephone services to homes passed by their cable networks, while ignoring other potential customers in the more remote areas.

But Industry Minister Christian Paradis says cabinet's decision will give rural customers more choice and access to phone services.

Meanwhile, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled this week the decision to uphold or overturn the CRTC's ruling falls to cabinet, and not the court.

For more from The Canadian Press, click here or scroll down The Tyee's main page.

Find more in:

What have we missed? What do you think? We want to know. Comment below. Keep in mind:


  • Verify facts, debunk rumours
  • Add context and background
  • Spot typos and logical fallacies
  • Highlight reporting blind spots
  • Ignore trolls
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity
  • Connect with each other

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist or homophobic language
  • Libel or defame
  • Bully or troll
  • Troll patrol. Instead, flag suspect activity.
comments powered by Disqus