The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has deregulated Vancouver-based telco Telus Communications’ local telephony services for business customers in 35 local exchanges in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, covering all major metropolitan areas in those provinces. The move follows the deregulation of Telus’s residential local telephony services in various regional markets, which began in July, and similar allowances granted to other incumbent telcos, including the largest fixed line provider in the country, Bell Canada. The regulator’s new rules allow incumbent PSTN operators to apply for deregulation in any community where customers have a choice of service providers and where they can meet specific quality of service measures for six months. Local business services will be deregulated where there is a choice of at least two phone providers with their own network infrastructure. Telus is Canada’s second largest fixed line operator, with 4.5 million local access lines in service and over a million high speed internet subscribers at the end of June 2007.
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