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

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

Posted July 28, 2013 at 3:55pm by iClarified
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.

Rogers, Bell and Telus Are Trying to Keep Verizon Out of Canada
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Fed Up
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.
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...
6italia0 - July 29, 2013 at 10:43am
Only in Canada can Verizon USA be called cheap lol
Greedness - July 28, 2013 at 5:17pm
Its all greedness with different faces!
Blaine - July 28, 2013 at 4:09pm
Verizon is a well established player, not a small foreign company. The goal of allowing new entrants was for small companies to come in and lower prices, the goal was never for a company as large as Verizon, pretty much take over the entire Canadian mobile industry. This is an American colony that would be killing Canadian jobs. It is not right. Tells, Bell Rogers are doing exactly what they should be doing, protecting there Canadian company and jobs. Verizon can enter, but they should have to follow the rules of the established players, to allow for a fair and competitive mobile industry.
Chris - July 28, 2013 at 11:17pm
I think the Canadian companies are cash cows and Verizon needs to undercut them all by 50%.
yourmom - July 29, 2013 at 12:59pm
well said from a guy that works at Rogers,Tellus, and Bell. maybe if he did get rapped every month he wouldn't be saying what he said
Blaine - July 29, 2013 at 6:28pm
Please use more appropriate language. But, I have nothing wrong with Verizon coming up, they just need to follow the rules of an established player as they are one already. And in the US Verizon is no better when compared to AT&T, so they all rip-off consumers.
Blaine - July 29, 2013 at 6:29pm
I do not work at any of the carriers. Thank You. I just believe in fairness and to be fair Verizon must be on equal footing to the big 3
Me - July 28, 2013 at 4:02pm
Rogers, Bell and Telus (plus all thier so-called discount brands - Fido, Solo and Koodo) are criminal organization who
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