Mobile Carrier Telus Faces Lawsuit Over Porn

Michael Hayes
SURREY, Canada. — The controversy over a recent decision by Telus to carry adult content has a new player — businessman Gordon Keast, who filed suit against the company for refusing to honor his demand to cancel his service contract when he learned of the carrier’s decision.

Keast, who runs a communications company, said he decided to file suit against Telus, the second largest carrier in Canada, because the company would not let him out of his three-year contract for his personal phone.

“At the time I renewed my contract with Telus in November they didn't market and sell pornography,” Keast said. “Now they do, and as a subscriber I don't want my fees to underwrite their pornography business.”

In the suit, Keast alleges breach of contract and seeks $3,000 in compensation.

In his complaint, Keast said Telus’ decision to sell pornography “could hurt my reputation and businesses because I am associated with Telus.”

Keast said he is a church-going Lutheran and that he wanted to end his contract without paying a $600 termination fee.

Telus spokesman Jim Johannsson said the carrier was offering the service so users could visit legal adult websites, adding that any picture images distributed by the company would not be hardcore because they depict only single models in the nude.