Independent cable distributors join opposition of Bell's Astral bid

Independent cable television distributors are the latest group to join the opposition against the Bell takeover of Astral Media.

“If Bell is permitted to continue down this path, one of the first results will be the disappearance of small cable and telephone TV distributors, including many community cooperatives, municipalities and First Nations groups that serve rural and remote communities,” Alyson Townsend, head of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc. said in a statement.

The CCSA is comprised of 110 small telecom and cable distributors, all of whom oppose the bid.

Should Bell acquire the Montreal-based Astral, it would under-line its place as the country’s largest TV and media entity.

The deal will be looked at in depth by broadcast regulators at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in Montreal next month.


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