Videotron asks Competition Bureau to investigate Bell's monopoly in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

October 2, 2019 - Press Release

Montréal, October 2, 2019 – Videotron this morning filed an application for inquiry with the Competition Bureau of Canada with respect to Bell's monopoly in Abitibi–Témiscamingue, accompanied by solemn declarations from local residents including Christine Moore, the incumbent Member of Parliament for Abitibi–Témiscamingue.

“We are filing this application in order to have the Competition Bureau investigate certain anti-competitive actions by Bell aimed at substantially restricting competition in the Abitibi–Témiscamingue market,” said Jean-François Pruneau, President and CEO of Videotron. “For too long, the region's residents and businesses have been paying too much for telecommunications services because of the glaring lack of competition. It's time for this situation to end.”

Québec telecom leader Videotron announced in July plans to offer consumers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Abitibi–Témiscamingue region a full line of telecommunications services. Since the announcement, Cablevision (Bell) has been doing everything in its power to block competition in the region.

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About Videotron
(, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its Helix home entertainment and management platform. As of June 30, 2019, Videotron was serving 1,558,400 cable television customers. The Club illico over-the-top video service had 431,000 members. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,706,900 subscribers to its cable service as of June 30, 2019. As of the same date, Videotron had 1,231,900 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,072,900 Québec households and organizations. Videotron places on the prestigious Canada's Top 100 Employers and Montréal's Top Employers lists.

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