Canada's Big Three Telcos Trying to Trick Government into Ruining the Wireless Industry, Report Says

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Ottawa is very close to releasing very salient information on whether or not there will be wireless spectrum reserved for startup discount wireless carriers in the next government auction. Vancouver-based internet advocacy organization OpenMedia is publicly pleading with the Canadian government to set aside wireless spectrum lest the Big Three mercilessly devour it all.

OpenMedia has launched a new campaign, Stop the Cell Phone Squeeze, which states that "the Big Three cell phone giants, who already control almost 94% of the market, are trying to trick the government into shutting independent competitors out of the market," according to reports.

They’re trying to block competitors from being able to use essential wireless spectrum. These giant phone companies are going so far as to use high-priced lobbyists and one is even using a fake grassroots campaign. In short, they will kill independent competition and be the only game in town.

This scheme will lock Canada behind the rest of the world on mobile communications, cripple essential innovation, limit social progress, and drain your wallet every month. Canadians already pay some of the highest cell phone fees in the industrialized world and this is going to make it worse.

 “This would kill the few independent mobile options we have. That means increased prices and even worse customer service," says OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson. “We have reports that lobbyists from the Big Three are working overtime to manipulate the government,” continues Anderson. “This is all part of a multi-faceted campaign for a command-and-control Internet and communications system. Canadians need to come together to stand against this.”

OpenMedia warns that Canadians "will face higher prices, tighter contracts, and more disrespectful customer service." If the Big Three succeed, they will "squeeze independent providers out of the cell phone market; squeeze Canadians into binding longer term contracts with disrespectful customer service; and squeeze more money out of your wallet every single month through new fees on your bill." A petition can be signed here.

Company:
Telus Corp.
Website:
http://www.telus.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing technology and capital... more

Company:
Bell Canada
Website:
http://www.bell.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television,... more

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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