Telus Leads an Army of Television Providers to Wage War Against Bell

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Telus isn't too pleased with Bell's recent $3-billion acquisition of Astral Media, among other issues. And neither are a smattering of smaller cable companies across Canada.

Telus is leading an army of unhappy television providers. The Vancouver-based telco is spearheading a campaign to resolve "ongoing conflicts" that have been building for over a year. 

Telus and co. are petitioning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to arbitrate through an "impasse" between the parties. Cogeco, MTS Allstream, and EastLink are all blasting Bell for "anti-competitive" behaviour.

Telus describes Bell as "enormous and enormously powerful" and implies that the company will raise prices, hurting both smaller providers and consumers, should its monopoly continue to build. The Astral bid merely amplifies these bubbling concerns.

Photo: Windsor Star

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

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is an independent public organization that regulates and supervises the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications systems. The CRTC does not regulate newspapers, magazines, cell phone rates, the quality of service and business practices of cell phone companies, or the quality and content of TV and radio programs. As an independent... 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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