Having spent a good chunk of Monday talking to reporters about the proposed Rogers merger with Shaw, I thought it might be worth highlighting my initial three takeaways. First – and this is stating the obvious – the deal will result in higher prices and less competition. There is no need to overthink any of this. Removing a company that some have touted as the best chance at a viable national fourth carrier would leave some of Canada’s biggest markets (notably Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.) without a much needed competitor. Canadians already pay some of the highest prices for wireless services in the world and if this merger is approved, the situation will only get worse. Indeed, when Rogers promises that it will not raise prices for Shaw/Freedom Mobile customers for three years, it is effectively committing to raising them as soon as the clock runs out on that timeline.
Archive for March 16th, 2021
Episode 83: Inside in the Industry Committee Hearing on the Proposed Rogers-Shaw Merger
by Michael Geist
April 12, 2021
Episode 81: Why Isn't Canada Supporting a Proposal to Help Developing Countries Gain Access to COVID-19 Vaccines?
March 22, 2021
Episode 80: A Roundtable on the Canadian Challenges of Delivering Universal, Affordable Internet Access
March 15, 2021
Episode 79: David Kaye on the Challenges of Reconciling Freedom of Expression and the Regulation of Online Harms
March 8, 2021
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