Rogers, Bell and Telus Are Trying to Keep Verizon Out of Canada

Posted July 28, 2013 at 3:55pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6438 views

Rogers, Bell, and Telus are calling for the government to change regulations that would allow Verizon to enter the Canadian market at a lower cost.

George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada has penned an open letter complaining that as a new entrant Verizon would be able to:
● Buy twice as much of Canada’s airwaves as Canadian companies like Bell can in an upcoming auction of wireless spectrum
● Piggyback on the networks of Canadian carriers wherever they don’t want to invest and build their own.
● Acquire smaller Canadian competitors – but Bell and other Canadian wireless companies can’t even try.

Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed says, “What we’re absolutely against is a tilted or stacked playing field where you have a massive incumbent U.S. carrier that would be given favourable treatment and frankly better treatment than Canadian incumbents.”

Of course, these measures have been implemented as an attempt to introduce competition into the Canadian market. Rogers, Bell, and Telus have all been price gouging Canadian customers for years and using their combined force to crush any rivals. A 2009 study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that Canada has the third-highest wireless rates among developed countries. A 2011 study found that Canada has the highest fees for international data roaming among the 34 countries looked at by the OECD. Canada is also the only OECD country to require three-year contracts.

One can only hope that these 'loopholes' help put an end to Bell, Telus, and Rogers' oligarchy.


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Fed Up - August 3, 2013 at 6:40pm
I'm sorry but the big three, and all of you posters that work for them, just don't get it. It isn't just about price. A lot of us just can't stand the big three, and we want the chance to jump ship just so we don't have to deal with them any more. If we get a price discount, that's a bonus. The big three have treated Canadians as sheep to be sheared for a long time. They got most of their spectrrum for free, and then gave us one of the most expensive wireless markets in the world. It just adds insult to injury when they come to us now, wrapped in a flag, asking for support so they can maintain their high priced monopoly. I'll go to Verizon, even at the same price I'm paying now, just to put a tiny pin prick in their smug, greedy arrogance.
balu Dan - August 3, 2013 at 3:13am
Invite Verizon now we must fire these bugers Bell, Rogers and Telus enough now they looted us lot now is time to sit them at home and regarding jobs ????? Verozon will employ all of them....
lrC - August 3, 2013 at 1:28am
Sure. When you kill that oligarchy, which companies are going to be subsidizing the money losing parts of the business with their wireless profits? Probably not Verizon or any other external competitor; you have to really stretch the imagination to see Verizon providing the "last mile" to customers in places most Canadians do not know exist, or keeping pay phones in selected locations as a public service. Canadian telcos do more than rip off people to email party pictures to each other.
rexology - July 29, 2013 at 2:27pm
I am with Rogers. I am not happy with their services and the price that I pay. Is there anything I can do? Not really. With the three year contracts and SUPER EXPENSIVE penalty cancellation fees....I'm forced to stay with them. So boycotting Canadian mobile company is not an option for me. Rogers is a money-driven company, and so is Bell and Telus. The amount of charges on my phone bill is ridiculous, and calling a Rogers rep, who doesn't speak English that well, makes me seem to be the bad guy. Fckk that. Verizon, please come quick. A plan that cost $30 just for data service is OUTRAGEOUS, that's not including Voice plan etc...
Bac Ho - July 29, 2013 at 12:39pm
The loser already lose. Du ma dam Bac va Dang da di sau va di lau vao quan chung nhan dan.
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