Videotron Asks Regulators to Investigate Bell’s Monopoly in Western Quebec Region

Quebecor’s subsidiary, Videotron, announced it has filed for an inquiry with the Competition Bureau of Canada, to investigate “Bell’s monopoly in Abitibi–Témiscamingue”.

Videotron says its application filed includes “solemn declarations from local residents including Christine Moore, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Abitibi–Témiscamingue.”

“We are filing this application in order to have the Competition Bureau investigate certain anti-competitive actions by Bell aimed at substantially restricting competition in the Abitibi–Témiscamingue market,” said Jean-François Pruneau, President and CEO of Videotron, in a press release. “For too long, the region’s residents and businesses have been paying too much for telecommunications services because of the glaring lack of competition. It’s time for this situation to end.”

According to Videotron, it announced this summer it wanted to launch consumer and small business services in the Abitibi–Témiscamingue region, but since then, “Cablevision (Bell) has been doing everything in its power to block competition in the region.”

We’ve reached out to Bell for comment and will update this story accordingly.