Cable & Telecom

Quebecor says 9-1-1 fees unreasonable in application to CRTC

By Ahmad Hathout OTTAWA – Videotron parent Quebecor has filed a Part 1 application to the CRTC arguing that it is unfair that Bell can charge fees for both the existing 9-1-1 system and the next generation emergency system at the same time. The cable company must pay a monthly rate to Bell – which is responsible for the operation of 9-1-1 networks – to connect it with emergency services. But because Canada is transitioning to an internet-based system in which distressed callers can send videos, photos and medical information to first responders, the CRTC has ordered that ISPs also...