Bell launches initiative for faster pole access

Originally published by The Wire Report

BCE Inc. announced Friday that it has established a number of new protocols to simplify access for service providers to the company’s support structures in Quebec.

In a release, Bell said that service providers will now be able to conduct their own structural surveys, from their own engineers, after which Bell will conduct its own inspections “to ensure full standards compliance.”

“These changes will accelerate access to thousands of poles throughout the province more quickly. Bell expects to sign agreements with service providers as early as January,” the company said.

Bell said it was also creating a “Centre of Excellence” to exchange best practices with other service providers. The development, Bell’s vice-chair for Quebec Karine Moses said in the release, “will accelerate the delivery of broadband network access to people across Québec.”

In October, the CRTC launched a consultation into how to improve access to poles owned by telecom companies, on the heels of several service providers raising the issue in a previous rural broadband consultation.

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