VANCOUVER, BC, February 21, 2007 The Catholic Civil Rights League (www.ccrl.ca) today commented on the decision by Telus Corp. to cease providing adult content on cellular phones. Archbishop Raymond Roussin of Vancouver had earlier expressed concerns about the new service, and after consultation within the archdiocese asked Catholic schools and churches not to renew their contracts with Telus. Bishop Henry of Calgary also prepared a statement about the problem. (See article.)
We commend Archbishop Roussins leadership in encouraging Telus to discontinue providing adult content on cellular phones, where the control of end-user access is particularly difficult, said League President Phil Horgan. Were also pleased that the company has shown sensitivity to customer concerns.
The company had registered and age-verified several thousand customers since January for the service, which allowed adult cellular phone customers to download nude photographic images to their phones for $3 each, or video files for $4 each. But after receiving several hundred customer complaints and a number of service cancellations, Telus decided to discontinue the service.
Catholic Civil Rights League (www.ccrl.ca) assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization and has chapters across Canada. The Catholic Civil Rights League is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.
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