Canadian Entrepreneurs to Government: Bring Competition to Canada's Wireless Market

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

A group of three dozen Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators recently sent a letter to Industry Minister James Moore.

The letter calls for "genuine choice and affordability" in what Vancouver's OpenMedia describes as a "broken" wireless market.

“As business people who are proud to contribute to a robust economy, we feel that affordable mobile access is necessary to drive our country forward,” says serial entrepreneur Michael Tippett. "We appreciate that Minister Moore has held the line and stood up to the Big Three’s misleading PR campaign. Now it’s time to move forward to deliver choice and affordability for Canadians."

"There is important innovation and creation occurring within the mobile space. We’re excited by the opportunities presented by this revolution, but find those opportunities to be extremely limited in Canada," added Elliot Noss, the CEO of Tucows. " Because Canada’s big three incumbent telecom firms operate as unfriendly gatekeepers we’ve been unable to bring our mobile business to Canada. We strongly feel that the Canadian government and telecom industry needs to open new avenues for businesses to innovate."

"While Industry Canada's new rules protecting the takeover of scarce wireless assets to Big Telecom are a step in the right direction, they don’t go far enough," affirms Steve Anderson, Executive Director of OpenMedia.ca. "We still have a tilted playing field in favour of the the Big Three, and we still have providers like Toronto-based Ting blocked from reaching Canadians entirely."

 

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, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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