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Canada: Study finds gov’t has wrong idea about foreign telco competition

 |  August 27, 2013

A new study released by the Fraser Institute claims the Canadian government is dealing with the possibility of foreign competition in the nation’s wireless telecommunications industry in the wrong way. The think-tank, based in Vancouver, argues the government must apply the same rules to both domestic and foreign firms.

The report’s findings have major implications for Canadian telco policy, suggesting that the government should remove both policies that prevent foreign ownership of telco companies as well as those that favor new market entrants.

Ottawa is currently planning to restrict domestic firms from owning other wireless companies to promote new competitors. Debate is swirling about whether the US’s largest wireless company, Verizon Communications, is planning on entering the Canadian market through acquiring one of the smaller Canadian competitors and, if so, how it would affect competition.

Full Content: Montreal Gazette

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