Wind Mobile's future is fragile as battle continues with Globalive, Government, CRTC

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, today issued a statement regarding the Federal Court ruling on Globalive:

On Friday, February 4, 2011, the Federal Court overturned the Governor-in-Council's 2009 decision to vary the CRTC's determination regarding Globalive, which allowed the company to launch its Wind Mobile wireless brand in the Canadian marketplace.

Today, I would like to confirm that the Harper Government will be appealing the Court's ruling. We believe that our decision was the right one for Canadian consumers and we will vigorously defend it. Globalive is a Canadian company and meets the Canadian ownership and control requirements under the Telecommunications Act. Globalive should therefore be able to continue to offer service in the wireless telecommunications market.

The policy of our government is to encourage choice and competition in wireless and Internet markets. Ours was the government that set aside spectrum during the 2008 auction to allow new entrants to compete. New entrants mean more competition, lower prices and better quality services for Canadians.

The government notes that, since 2006, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commissions has issues roughly 2,200 decisions in the telecom space. During this period of time, only 13 of those decisions, or 0.6 percent, have been formally reviewed by the Governor in Council. Of those 13, the Government has upheld seven of, varied three, and referred three back to the CRTC for reconsideration.

In December of 2009, Tony Clement dclared that Glovalive "is a Canadian company that meets Canadian ownership and control requirements. Our goal has always been greater competition in the telecommunications industry, which leads to lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business."

But a couple of weeks ago Justice Roger Hughes of the Federal Court stated Tony's decision to let Globalive operate Wind Mobile “was based on errors of law and must be quashed”.

This battle, as with most involving law and politics (and especially both) will take a good while to resolve. But up until a final decision is finally reached, Wind Mobile has quite the dark cloud looming above its head.

Company:
Globalive Communications Corp.
Website:
http://www.globalive.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Now celebrating ten years of success, Globalive Communications Corp., based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has grown rapidly to become a leading provider of next generation telecommunications solutions globally. Globalive develops and delivers innovative applications and first-rate tailored telecommunications services to a wide range of clients in the consumer, enterprise and hospitality segments worldwide. Founded... more

Company:
Wind Mobile
Website:
http://www.windmobile.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Simply put, we want to create the most unforgettably positive customer experience in Canada. How? By speaking with you, not at or over you. By making every site you visit, every store you set foot in and every call you have with us into a meaningful conversation to help build something better - together. We'll make it as easy as possible to be a customer. You'll have more control over your mobile experience than... 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, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more




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