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|Re: Bell Expressview audit by John Mitchell|
|Just received this - Jan 5th 2005 - It proves Bell is lying:
Dear Mr. Mitchell:
Thank you for your most recent message requesting further clarification.
In answer to your questions:
1. Is it Bell's policy or the CRTC policy that a Canadian can't receive Canadian transmissions while traveling in the USA. StarChoice said it is ok if one has a permanent residence in Canada for at least 6 months per year.
The CRTC's mandate does not regulate broadcasting activities outside of Canada. Bell Expressvu may be respecting the exclusive programming rights established in the purchasing of programming with the program supplier but there are no CRTC regulatory restrictions in broadcasting in the US. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates all aspects of broadcasting in the US. You may wish to check the FCC's website at www.fcc.gov for any restrictions in this area.
2. Bell says that now one cannot use a Bell unit in their motorhome unless it is a separate subscription - they blame the CRTC for this new policy but StarChoice offers a different option.
A commitment was made between the satellite providers and the Commission to prevent the practice known as "account stacking". It should be noted that the CRTC did not actually approve the measures taken by Bell Expressvu. Bell's decision in regard to using a Bell Expressvu unit in a motorhome is a business decision that does not involved regulatory direction nor approval.
Again does the CRTC mandate these changes that Bell is doing - Bell says so - or are they just changes that Bell has decided to implement?
In my opinion, Bell Expressvu has chosen to implement these procedures in the normal course of its business.
I trust this information will assist you.
CRTC Client Services-Winnipeg