Cable & Telecom

CRTC denies Videotron request for arbitration with Bell over MVNO terms

OTTAWA – The CRTC on Thursday denied a request by Videotron to bring the two Montreal companies before it to deliberate on a final offer for access to Bell’s wireless network. “The Commission believes that Videotron and Bell did not make a good-faith effort to initiate and conduct negotiations sessions,” the CRTC said in a letter. “In this regard, the Commission notes that many of the communications exchanged between the companies—communications that were reproduced in Videotron's application—were addressed to the CEOs of these companies and not to the personnel responsible for the relations between suppliers.” The regulator said the parties must...