Bell denied staying in the decision to allow small businesses to sell Internet using their fiber networks

A federal appeals court denied BCE Inc.’s request. Stopping a regulatory decision that would allow independent companies to sell Internet services to their customers using their own fiber network in Ontario and Quebec.

The court’s decision Friday came one day after Bell Canada announced it would cut 4,800 jobs and could further reduce network spending based in part on CRTC guidance.

It granted Bell’s application for leave to appeal the CRTC’s interim ruling, but rejected the company’s request to stay that decision pending the outcome of the court proceedings, saying it had not demonstrated that it was at risk of irreparable harm.

CBC News has reached out to Bell for comment.

The CRTC’s decision last November was intended to stimulate competition for internet services, noting at the time that its review could make the trend permanent and apply it to other provinces. The federal regulator began a five-day hearing Monday as part of that review.

Bell accused the CRTC of “pre-determined” findings when it comes to this review, noting that the commission’s direction so far reduces its incentive to continue building out its fiber network.

Bell responded last fall by reducing its plans to invest in the network by $1.1 billion by 2025, including a minimum reduction of $500 million this year, and warning that there could be more cost cuts if the company feels it has to survive. At the forefront of organizational decisions that you find unfavorable.

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