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CWTA on Canadian Wireless

"Canada's cellphone market is 'hypercompetitive'"

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November 24, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

Reaction to the Cellphone Cost Calculator Story

My column on the decision to kill the cellphone cost calculator generated considerable reaction:  The Liberal party issued a press release criticizing the decision and arguing that it placed the wireless industry ahead of consumers.  The CBC covered the story, including comments from the CWTA, PIAC, and Bell (it should […]

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September 1, 2009 12 comments News

How Telco Lobbying Helped Quietly Kill Consumer Cell Phone Cost Calculator

Last week I discussed the well-known challenge faced by millions of Canadians as they sort through a myriad of cellphone pricing plans in a marketplace still lacking in robust competition.  The subject of this week's technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) is that previously unreported, however, is Industry Canada officials identified much the same problem and worked for years to develop an online tool to address it.

After spending tens of thousands of dollars creating and testing an online calculator designed to help consumers select their ideal wireless plan, Industry Minister Tony Clement killed the project weeks before it was scheduled to launch. Government records suggest intense lobbying this spring by Canada’s wireless companies, who feared the service would promote lower cost plans, played a key role in the decision.

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August 31, 2009 20 comments Columns

CRTC New Media Hearings – Day Five: CWTA, DiMA, NFB, CIA, AN

Day five of the CRTC's New Media hearings featured some good exchanges with the CWTA over the profitability of new media over wireless along with evidence that the National Film Board "gets it" when it comes to the Internet and new media.  Carleton professor Ira Wagman provides the details on […]

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February 26, 2009 3 comments News

The CWTA Response

Yesterday I posted a link to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association's letter to the editor responding to my recent text-message column.  The letter claims that my comment that "consumers pay more, but get less" is inaccurate.  Yet consider the claims made in the letter: "recent figures from Merrill Lynch confirm […]

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August 14, 2008 20 comments News