50% TTY Discount Has Been Saved!

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50% TTY Discount Has Been Saved!

July 23, 2007

Today the CRTC ruled that the 50% discount on long-distance calls for registered TTY users must remain in place.

Bell Canada had applied for permission to end the discount. Bell had also stated that, if the CRTC denied their request, then the CRTC should order all long-distance phone services to provide the same discount.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf vigourously opposed ending the discount. We argued that the discount was compensation for the fact that a TTY call takes a lot more time to complete than a voice-phone call. The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) and ARCH Disability Law Centre agreed with us.

We also said that we supported Bell’s request to force other long-distance phone companies to offer the same discount.

The CRTC did not agree that the discount should be offered by other companies, but it did agree that the discount must be continued by Bell (and by Telus, Aliant, SaskTel, and MTS Allstream). The CRTC said it could consider requiring all phone companies to offer the discount at another public proceeding later this year.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf — successfully acting on behalf of Deaf people in Canada once again!!!

For more information, click here: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2007/dt2007-56.htm