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Competition Bureau to the CRTC on Wireless Code: Be Bolder

The Competition Bureau yesterday posted its submission to the CRTC on its draft wireless code.  The key message from the Bureau: be bolder. The Bureau expresses concern with the competitiveness of the wireless telecom sector in Canada:

certain impediments continue to diminish the effect of competitive forces in this industry. First, certain industry practices have tended to impose costs on consumers who wish to avail themselves of competitive alternatives. Second, consumers are not always provided with sufficient information in an adequately clear manner to make informed purchase decisions. These features can deprive consumers, competitors, and the Canadian economy of the beneficial effects of competition in this industry, namely lower prices, higher quality service, and greater innovation. This submission provides recommendations on how the Wireless Code can minimize the effect of these impediments.

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February 7, 2013 3 comments News

How To Address Canadian Media Convergence if Bell – Astral is Approved

Summer is rarely a time of heated broadcast policy battles, but the proposed Bell – Astral merger has generated considerable public attention and fostered a growing war of words between Bell and groups that have banded together under the “Say No to Bell” banner.

The anti-merger campaign, supported by consumer groups as well as several leading cable and telecom companies, has garnered tens of thousands of signatures on an online petition and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has received more than 1,700 submissions on the deal.

Despite the mounting public opposition, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that stopping the $3 billion merger remains a longshot as none of the big three – government, the CRTC, or the Competition Bureau – seems ready to call it off.

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August 29, 2012 8 comments Columns

How To Address Canadian Media Convergence if Bell – Astral is Approved

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 26, 2012 as Remedies if Bell – Astral Merger Goes Through Summer is rarely a time of heated broadcast policy battles, but the proposed Bell – Astral merger has generated considerable public attention and fostered a growing war of words between Bell and […]

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August 29, 2012 1 comment Columns Archive

Is the Competition Bureau Ready to Take on Media Convergence?

Canadian broadcasters and broadcast distributors have pursued a convergence strategy for the past decade that has created one of the world’s most concentrated media markets. Four powerhouses – Bell Media, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron – have been left standing with those companies now dominating broadcast television, radio, and broadcast distribution from coast to coast.

While it may already be too late, the proposed $3 billion Bell Media – Astral merger may represent the final opportunity to address mounting concerns over the competitive impact of a converged market. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the new Bell Media – Astral entity will control approximately 45 per cent of the commercial radio market in Canada along with a dizzying array of television stations, specialty television channels, as well as wireless, satellite, and Internet services.

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August 7, 2012 Comments are Disabled Columns

Bell Pays $10 Million To Settle Misleading Advertising Claim

Bell has settled a Competition Bureau complaint over misleading advertising dating back to 2007.  Bell agreed to pay $10 million, the maximum permitted under the Competition Act, and cover $100,000 in investigation expenses. The company denies wrongdoing, however, stating that it “fundamentally disagrees” with the Bureau.

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June 29, 2011 3 comments Must Reads