Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Liberal Party's 'Very Cozy Relationship' With Bell Poses Threat To Consumers: Advocates

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has been reluctant to lend an ear to consumer
activists on telecom issues
The federal Liberal government is shutting out advocacy groups arguing in favour of greater competition in Canadian internet services while repeatedly meeting with telecom giant Bell, a consumer advocacy group says.

OpenMedia says it’s because of a “very cozy relationship” between the Liberals and Bell, which threatens to limit consumer choice in internet services.

“Public interest organizations have been completely shut out by the Liberals” on a critical issue involving internet competition, the group's campaigns director, Josh Tabish, told HuffPost in an email.

At the heart of the matter is an effort by Bell to overturn a CRTC decision last summer that granted small telcos access to the ultra-high-speed fibre internet network Bell is building.  (more...)

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