Canadian Government Says It Won’t Change Wireless Policies, Wants Foreign Competition

The Canadian government made it clear this weekend that it’s more interested in promoting competition in our nation’s wireless sector than protecting Rogers, Telus, and Bell.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted on Saturday that he won’t back down from allowing large foreign companies such as Verizon to enter Canada’s wireless market, which is currently dominated by the “Big Three.”

To the relief of millions of consumers, the Prime Minister affirmed that his government refuses to change current policies, which were created to foster the existence of a fourth major player in Canada’s wireless market.

“Our government has pursued extremely consistently and extremely clearly a policy of fostering greater competition in this industry for the benefit of consumers,” Mr. Harper told reporters recently. “We have every intention of continuing that policy in the interests of Canadian consumers and the broad Canadian public, including proceeding with the auction as we have laid out for some time.”

Quoth The Globe and Mail:

Under current rules, Verizon and other foreign-based carriers would be allowed to purchase more spectrum licences than the three large incumbents at an auction next year.  They are also be allowed to snap up small domestic wireless companies such as Wind Mobile and Mobilicity that are currently off limits to BCE, Rogers and Telus.

The Big Three launched a campaign called “Fair for Canada” to lobby the government and seek sympathy from consumers. But the campaign has evidently fallen on deaf ears and has been ridiculed since launching.

“The government has a responsibility toward a wider public interest, and Canadians are very clear about what that wider public interest is to us: They want to see enhanced competition, lower prices, better services in this area,” stated the Prime Minister.

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