Federal Government Announces Greater Choice of Local Telephone Service for Rural Canadians

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced that the Federal Government will uphold a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision to eliminate monopoly phone services in Canada.

Previously, a few rural areas were protected from competition by regulations that allowed for only one incumbent service provider. By eliminating these monopolies, the CRTC's approach is consistent with the Government's policy to decrease subsidies and increase consumer choice. Canadians in all regions will now be able to choose the service provider that works best for them.