CANASA halts Bell Canada bridging charge attempt

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, June 5, 2003

June 5, 2003

MARKAM, Ontario - The Canadian Alarm and Security Association has helped stave off Bell Canada’s attempt to apply a $10 per month bridging charge, which security officials say would have cost the industry and its customers $4 million.

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission recently denied Bell Canada’s application to charge the fee. In opposing the charge, CANASA said Bell Canada did not provide enough notice to the security industry to allow them to recover the proposed rate increase from their customers since most companies provide alarm monitoring services on an annual contract basis.

"While we can count this as a victory at this time, Bell Canada will likely re-submit the application and at that time we will be prepared to intervene again," said Dave Currie, chairman of CANASA’s telecommunications committee.