Canada is reviewing the age-old protection of its telecoms companies and may open them to foreign ownership.
According to the New York Times, the country's industry minister, Allan Rock, said that the government would review limits on foreign ownership and consider changing the laws to encourage investment and competition.
Current legislation limits foreign owners to one-third of the voting stock in telecoms holding companies and one-fifth in operating companies.
Looser limits would help rivals to compete more successfully against Bell Canada, which remains a near monopoly in many segments of the telephone industry nearly a decade after deregulation.
The ownership policy review is due to be completed in February.
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