Canadian Association of Voice Over IP Providers (CAVP)

November 15, 2006 15:20 ET

CAVP DENOUNCES GOVERNMENT CRTC POLICY

The Canadian Association of Voice Over IP Providers (CAVP) today came out strongly against the governments intention to rewrite the CRTC's decision on regulation of Voice Over IP (VOIP).

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, NEWS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2006) - The Canadian Association of Voice Over IP Providers (CAVP) today came out strongly against the governments intention to rewrite the CRTC's decision on regulation of Voice Over IP (VOIP).

"The government has demonstrated it does not understand the telecommunications landscape. Letting the Telcos exercise their significant market power without regulation means that competition has been dealt a serious blow." said CAVP President John Lange.

VoIP providers will now be faced with the reality that every time they attempt to switch a customer, representatives from the telco will first be able to contact the customer and offer deeply discounted rates to entice them from switching.

"The Telecom Review Panel Report, from which the government claims to draw its inspiration, makes it clear that real deregulation can only take place once policies are in place which prevent incumbents from using their significant market power to thwart competition. The minister has completely ignored that portion of the report instead choosing to implement only those recommendations that benefit Bell and Telus."

The Canadian Association of Voice Over IP Providers (www.cavp.ca), is a non-profit industry trade organization formed in October of 2005 representing Canadian based Voice Over IP (VoIP) providers and other businesses involved in the sale of Internet based voice services and related equipment. /For further information: www.cavp.ca/ IN: FINANCE, POLITICS, TELECOMM

Contact Information

  • John Lange, President
    Primary Phone: 204-975-7113
    Toll-Free: 866-940-2287
    E-mail: john.lange@cavp.ca