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Get this: Ting (external - login to view), a mobile service provider based in Canada, canít sell its services to Canadians (external - login to view) because the Big Three (Rogers, Bell, and Telus) are blocking them from operating in their home country.

Unfortunately, the Big Three have regulated our mobile phone and Internet market by creating a stranglehold on crucial wireless resources (AKA: wireless spectrum). Now, they can block people like you and me from accessing alternative and independent mobile services (we launched a campaign called Unblock Canada (external - login to view) on this very issue just a few days ago).

These blocking tactics make it very difficult for companies like Ting to offer their affordable services to Canadians, and, instead, they are forced to turn their business south of the border, where Americans are now have an affordable alternative to their Big Telecom giants.

If you compare the situation in Canada with places like the European Union, where open access to networks for small providers is the norm, you can see a wide range of affordable options for mobile phone and Internet users, with prices dropping 91% in the last 6 years (external - login to view). For example, in the U.K., it's now possible to buy a nationwide plan with 1GB of data for less than the equivalent of $20 a month - rates Canadians can only dream of.

Following years of inaction from decision-makers, the public have grown increasingly fed up with the game being rigged in the Big Three's favour, and are speaking out in huge numbers. Because of pressure from Canadians, we recently won a new national cell phone code of conduct (external - login to view) to improve how Canadians are treated by their wireless providers. Canadians have been saying for years that theyíre sick and tired of paying some of the highest prices for some of the worst service in the industrialized world (external - login to view). And, recently, Canadaís Competition Bureau gave scathing testimony at a crucial public hearing, arguing that the Big Three are overcharging their independent rivals and using market power to distort prices (external - login to view).

With the CRTCís review of wholesale mobile wireless service wrapping up, we are hoping to see the government make it easier for newer, smaller players like Wind and Mobilicity to reach Canadians. Setting aside spectrum for smaller companies to bid on is a great first step but much more could be done. Itís important to make sure every Canadian has an affordable alternative to the high-cost telecom giants, so that the Big Three can't control the entire wireless industry.

If youíre concerned about wireless choice in Canada, then join thousands of other Canadians who are speaking out at https://UnblockCanada.ca (external - login to view), to call on decision-makers to prevent Big Telecom from blocking our access to affordable new services.


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