said by MaynardKrebs:
Does Bell somehow hold 'rights' to a number in perpetuity?
ie. port to a 3rd-party for a day, 100 days, or a 1000 years and Bell still can refuse a port to TSI?
Bell has no obligation to offer POTs service to Teksavvy at all. Teksavvy and Bell have come to a business to business agreement. Since there is currently no government regulation controlling what that agreement can contain, Bell is able to require whatever they want in it. It is all subject to interpretation and practices on the ground of course. That's how Teksavvy was able to exceed the agreement and sign up more number ports than they were supposed to for a while.
Last time I was involved in this discussion at DSLR I suggested a waiting list:
»Re: Teksavvy - Please Stop Telling Us That POTS is Available
The result of that suggestion (or at least the next development) was that wholesalers and resellers were told they couldn't sell POTs service at all any more
Edit: here's the latest official word:
»Re: C'mon TekSavvy - Bring back your POTS offering--