A Veritable All-You-Can-Eat Buffet of Misinformation on the State of the Wireless Industry

The chief executive officer of Wind Mobile pulled no punches in a recent post on the company’s blog. His opening line denounced the Big Three’s anti-Verizon lobbying efforts as “a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of misinformation on the state of the wireless industry.”

“Bell, Telus and Rogers, controlling over 90% of the market, have been spending a lot of money to convince Canadians they should be mortally afraid of more competition for their wireless dollars,” writes Anthony Lacavera. “Frankly, I think it is a ridiculous campaign and I have been mostly ignoring it and focusing on competing in the wireless market—imagine that!”

As a group, the Big Three have fought competition tooth-and-nail these past five years to prevent a fourth national competitor from emerging to challenge them. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association—which we joined being assured it would equally represent all wireless companies in Canada—is a mere puppet of the Big Three. Far from supporting the new entrants like Wind Mobile, CWTA has been advocating against bringing more competition to the marketplace. So much so, Wind Mobile (along with Mobilicity and Public Mobile) had to withdraw from the CWTA a few months ago.

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Lacavera goes on to lacerate the CWTA, concluding his 1,600-word post thusly:

“As the bombardment of advertisements from the Big Three continues, it’s important to recognize the noise for what it is: a desperate stand by the Big Three to protect their cozy and highly-profitable wireless market oligopoly,” he argues. “No matter how loudly they protest, the reality is the government’s spirited pursuit of a more competitive market is in the best interest of all Canadians.”

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