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Bell welcomes CRTC decision allowing wholesale Internet network management

OTTAWA, Nov. 20 2008 -- Bell welcomes today's decision from the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) allowing
the company to continue to manage Internet bandwidth on its network. The
Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) had asked the Commission to
order Bell to cease its network management practices.
    "We are pleased that the Commission has agreed there is no need to
intervene in the management of broadband networks," said Mirko Bibic, Bell's
Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs. "This is good news
for Internet users across Canada who benefit from better managed networks."
    Today's decision follows an interim decision by the CRTC last May denying
a CAIP request for an injunction ordering Bell to immediately cease and desist
managing wholesale traffic on its Internet network pending a full
investigation into the issue.
    Employed by Internet service providers across North America, bandwidth
management is an important element used by Bell to manage capacity on networks
that increasingly face congestion as a result of the explosive growth in
Internet demand.
    These objective Internet traffic management measures are used by Bell for
its wholesale and retail consumer and business customers. The CAIP request and
today's CRTC decision relate to Bell's wholesale Internet traffic management
practices.
    "With this decision, the Commission has rightly confirmed that network
operators are in the best position to determine how to operate their networks
effectively and efficiently, to allow fair and proportionate use of the
Internet by all users."
    As part of today's decision, the CRTC also announced it will undertake a
broader examination of the issues related to Internet network management. Bell
looks forward to participating in that proceeding.

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please
visit
www.bce.ca.



For further information: For media inquires, please contact: Jacqueline
Michelis, Bell Media Relations, (613) 785-1427, Jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca

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