Toronto City Council Backs CRTC vs Bell in Wholesale Internet Case


Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ottawa Major Jim Watson spent some of their precious time penning a lengthy letter to the federal cabinet asking it to overturn a CRTC decision that aims to foster competition for fast, fibre Internet services.

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You may think that the two letters reflect the cities’ standpoints on the matter, since they from officials who represent the city, but – SURPRISE! – they weren’t. As revealed by Michael Geist in a blog post, the letters from Mayors Tory and Watson were written not on behalf of the city but from a personal point of view supporting Bell’s position.

You may recall from earlier reports that Bell is fighting the CRTC over the regulator’s decision to require the incumbent to share its infrastructure with other carriers on a wholesale basis. And you may already be familiar with Bell’s standpoint: Let those smaller players build their own networks.

Back to the letter: The Toronto Mayor’s letter raised the ire of the city council; hence, Councillor Mike Layton filed a motion in which he asked the city council to support the more competitive approach and the CRTC’s ruling to give access to smaller players.

The motion was debated yesterday and was passed 28–5, reflecting the city council’s support for a competitive market.


  • fredf1

    You do realize that Torry (aside from just being a pro business Conservative) is a former executive at Rogers?
    What else would we expect him to say?

  • Widohmaker

    Good. What is it with Canada’s tendency to stifle competition. It’s hard to believe that the government truly believes that cartels are good for the economy or for consumers.

  • iverge

    John Tory still owns $5 million dollars in Rogers stock.

  • MleB1

    Tory ran Rogers Internet during some of the worst connectivity / email services (anybody willingly remember @home?) / customer support times possible – and predated even Steve Jobs in blaming users for how the service failed. Not quite “You’re holding it wrong”, but close.

  • BigCat

    This is how it just seems to keep working here in Canada. In order to get something built (airline, internet, rail, phone service…) the Government offers private enterprise certain market place protections.

    The trouble is that these protections are never removed long after they are no longer needed.