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Since: 30.1.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.96
    Originally posted by theglobeandmail.com
    A grammatical blunder may force Rogers Communications Inc. to pay an extra $2.13-million to use utility poles in the Maritimes after the placement of a comma in a contract permitted the deal's cancellation.

    The controversial comma sent lawyers and telecommunications regulators scrambling for their English textbooks in a bitter 18-month dispute that serves as an expensive reminder of the importance of punctuation.

    Armed with the rules of grammar and punctuation, Aliant disagreed. The construction of a single sentence in the 14-page contract allowed the entire deal to be scrapped with only one-year's notice, the company argued.

    Language buffs take note Page 7 of the contract states: The agreement shall continue in force for a period of five years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party.

    Rogers' intent in 2002 was to lock into a long-term deal of at least five years. But when regulators with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) parsed the wording, they reached another conclusion.

    The validity of the contract and the millions of dollars at stake all came down to one point the second comma in the sentence.

    Had it not been there, the right to cancel wouldn't have applied to the first five years of the contract and Rogers would be protected from the higher rates it now faces.

    Based on the rules of punctuation, the comma in question allows for the termination of the [contract] at any time, without cause, upon one-year's written notice, the regulator said.


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I can't tell why suck a small change is making a lrg company liik Rogers submit. When the legend Playboy Buddy Rogers (who I guess this companyis named about) was in hte sqared cicle, he nevre did subit to the likes of other candaian grates like the grate Fritz Von Erich. I do not ever recal a time when the origional "nature bouy" used a utility pole as an forign object.

I think this another of het eval Mr McMahan's trickz.



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    Originally posted by AWArulz
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    I can't tell why suck a small change is making a lrg company liik Rogers submit. When the legend Playboy Buddy Rogers (who I guess this companyis named about) was in hte sqared cicle, he nevre did subit to the likes of other candaian grates like the grate Fritz Von Erich. I do not ever recal a time when the origional "nature bouy" used a utility pole as an forign object.

    I think this another of het eval Mr McMahan's trickz.
Please don't ever post like this again.

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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by AWArulz
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      I can't tell why suck a small change is making a lrg company liik Rogers submit. When the legend Playboy Buddy Rogers (who I guess this companyis named about) was in hte sqared cicle, he nevre did subit to the likes of other candaian grates like the grate Fritz Von Erich. I do not ever recal a time when the origional "nature bouy" used a utility pole as an forign object.

      I think this another of het eval Mr McMahan's trickz.
    Please don't ever post like this again.

    (This goes for everybody)

Can we please make an exception for if James1978 ever makes his triumphant return?

This should be handed out in every English class to let them know those little things can be very important.



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