Meeting's all for show, as Prentice won't discuss 2500 laid off BCE workers or actually deal with 15 cent text messaging issue
Prentice Signals No New Text-Message Rules After BCE Meeting
By Theophilos Argitis and Greg Quinn
July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Industry Minister Jim Prentice indicated he won't impose new regulations on the cost of text messages after he met with executives from BCE Inc. to discuss new fees that he has said may hurt consumers.
Prentice said he wasn't ``hinting'' at new regulations when asked about the subject by reporters today at a meeting of Conservative Party lawmakers in Levis, Quebec.
Prentice said he has met with BCE President George Cope and plans to meet with Telus Corp. to discuss the issue. The minister said he wants the companies to consider alternatives to their plan to start charging wireless customers 15 cents for each text message they receive.
To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Quinn in Ottawa at firstname.lastname@example.org; Theophilos Argitis in Levis, Quebec, at email@example.com.
Last Updated: July 31, 2008 08:51 EDT
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