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post #31 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 10:16 AM
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@Darkman00, if your phone number was listed in the City of Winnipeg, the CRTC forced MTS to charge higher rates and use those funds to expand rural broadband coverage. This was to allow the competitive local carriers to gain a foothold. The rebate is for the funds that weren't used for rural expansion.

In a round-about way you benefited since MTS wasn't allowed to compete on price. This allowed Primus, Shaw, etc. to establish a customer base and make their phone service financially viable.

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post #32 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 11:15 AM
 
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So...

let's see now...

CRTC forced higher rates on to city folk ...

This amount was too high so we get a one time rebate...

Will the rates now come down to where they should be?

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post #33 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 12:26 PM
 
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Will the rates now come down to where they should be?
Actually I received a notice on my bill that the rates are going up... we were paying $21.59 and will now be increased to $27.59 !

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Effective May 1, 2011, the monthy rate of your home phone service will increase by $6. If you wish to modify or cancel your service as a result of this change, please call 310-BELL (2355). Also, overseas long distance rates will be increasing. For details on the new rates, visit bell.ca/overseasld. To learn more about our overseas plans visit bell.ca/longdistance.
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post #34 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-18, 02:56 PM
 
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I guess they have to recover the money paid out somehow....
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Got my Bell $67 rebate cheque yesterday! Almost threw it away as I am so used to getting junk mail from them!
I did recycle it!

Thanks for the post. You saved me $67.41
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post #36 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-19, 08:20 AM
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@Darkman00, the rebate is only for landline customers in urban areas as of August 31, 2010. It isn't pro-rated in any way. The telcos argued it was too difficult to figure out who was a customer between 2002-2006 and for how long and if they had moved, etc. The CRTC agreed to a single cut-off
Of course they agreed

That should be an easy thing to determine, but of course the reality is that there's ~1 000 000 less landlines today than there was back in the POTS era. This is just another sham argument that the CRTC rubber stamps.
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post #37 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-19, 09:59 AM
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@99semaj, the CRTC must have lost its rubber stamp:

In written statement issued today, Bell, Canada’s largest landline provider, responded to the decision with disappointment. Bell said that it had hoped to use all of the funds to bring what it says is more advanced wireless HSPA+ technology to small communities rather than “less-advanced” DSL (digital subscriber line) technology.

The number of landlines doesn't affect the total dollar amount the telcos had to refund. If there are fewer customers, then each customer gets a few cents more.

Presumably the customers who did switch to other providers have been getting the advantage of lower rates all along.
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Haven't got my refund cheque yet. Does it come in a regular Bell envelope?
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Haven't got my refund cheque yet. Does it come in a regular Bell envelope?
Yes it does. Got mine last week in a Bell Envelope worded Important Information about your Account. Kind of scary at first ( thought there was some problem ) but it did include a cheque with the usual promo about using the money to switch over to Bell services.
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Yep, mine arrived today.

Needless to say, I'm not particularly interested in the included promo!
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Yep, mine arrived today.

Needless to say, I'm not particularly interested in the included promo
same here....
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Did we all get $67.41 ?
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post #43 of 43 (permalink) Old 2011-03-22, 04:48 PM
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Yup, $67.41 here.

Be careful of that envelope.

It's all white with a blue "Bell in the upper left corner, and the aforementioned changes to account notice printing above the see-through window.

The Billing one has thick blue arrows on the left of the window for the customers' address.

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