LOLG Successfully Responds to Appeal from Large Telephone and Cable Companies
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On September 10, the Federal Court of Appeal unanimously upheld an order of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that lowers the rates large telecommunications companies can charge smaller competitors for access to their networks. A group of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies had appealed the CRTC’s order, arguing that it was made in error, beyond the CRTC’s jurisdiction, and unfair. LOLG acted for the respondent Competitive Network Operators of Canada, a group of 33 small- to medium-sized ISPs responding to the appeal. The Federal Court of Appeal adopted LOLG’s arguments and rejected the appeal, finding that the CRTC had not made any errors of law or jurisdiction. The Federal Court of Appeal’s decision can be found here: Bell Canada v. British Columbia Broadband Association, 2020 FCA 140.