Still fighting against telco's limiting other ISP

Yanni Chiu yanni-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at
Fri Sep 25 05:36:21 UTC 2009

In another mailing list I'm on, someone is defending Bell's position. 
I'd like to have the opinion of people here. His contention is that 
wholesalers just resell Bell's internet service, and thus are not true 
competitors. He contends that a true competitor would locate equipment 
inside Bell's central office switches, so as to gain access to the "last 
mile", and that equipment would connect to the Internet completely 
independently of Bell (instead of the current wholesale ISP situation). 
He add's that such a competitor may face obstacles from Bell when trying 
to gain access to the central offices though.

So I'm wondering, is Bell required to provide access to their central 
office switches to allow competitors to access the "last mile"?

Is it reasonable that only the "last mile" should be open to 
competition, or should the "last 10 miles" be open (i.e. the 10 miles 
that separate all the central switches from the big internet pipes).


S P Arif Sahari Wibowo wrote:
> Just got this from TekSavvy:
> ------ forwarded messages ------
> Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:47:20
> From: TekSavvy Solutions Inc <support-R6A+fiHC8nRWk0Htik3J/w at>
> Subject: We need your help -- CRTC Ruling would challenge telecom 
> competition
> (Une version française de ce couriel sera envoyé plus tard aujourd'hui.)
> Hello,
> We need your help -- we need you to lend us your voice and state your 
> opinion on a recent CRTC decision that could allow the incumbent phone 
> companies (such as Bell and Telus) to discontinue offering services 
> (Internet and phone) to wholesale providers which in effect would 
> eliminate competition in Canada.
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