Wassup, Collusion. Nice to meet you. Canadians know you well because of our TELCO sitch.
Remember the country-wide ROGERS OUTAGE a couple of weeks ago? The one where 13 million Canadians couldn’t use their cell phones or the internet? The one that prevented 13 million ROGERS customers from calling 911? The one that shuttered THOUSANDS of businesses, banks, and essential services because they had no internet access?
Well, they’re holding made-for-TV hearings in Ottawa this week, and they are a complete joke.
ROGERS, BELL, and TELUS own all of Canada’s wireless infrastructure. It’s an oligopoly. If one goes down, we’re all fucked, and we saw that two weeks ago, and ROGERS’ straw man CEO Tony Staffieri gives zero fucks.
Rogers CEO just claimed his business works in a "very competitive environment" and that people have choice in the telecom market. That's a reach!
— Jamie Sarkonak (@sarkonakj) July 25, 2022
Professor Michael Geist is a law professor & Canada Research Chair in internet and e-commerce law. He’s considered “THE GOAT” of internet law worldwide.
He live-tweeted the hearing as the liberal government (other than Nate) tried to keep everything status quo for ROGERS and Canada’s internet oligopoly. As a Canadian, you should be embarrassed by Tech Industry Minister JF Champagne’s attempt to pretend ROGERS is a company that cares about Canadians and crushing Canadians is no big deal.
LOL. Ian Scott is the outgoing former TELCO lobbyist who was put in the position of CRTC chair by the stakeholders in Canada’s TELCO industry. Of course, he doesn’t see a problem. He’s so useless his term wasn’t renewed because he kept having “secret meetings” with BELL and ROGERS in bars and pubs where people took pictures. I beleive it’s called sucking and blowing.
Speaking of sucking and blowing, how about when ROGERS’ CEO Tony Staffieri says transparency for Canadians is key after redacting any information about the real reason behind the ROGERS OUTAGE.
Or when Tone-ster was asked about a simple consumer bill of rights for Canadian wireless users? No Bueno.
How about if 911 is an essential service? Also, No Bueno.
Super No Bueno.
Admitting that 911 is an essential service (which it is) would immediately put the whole TELCO mafia at risk. The only thing BELL, ROGERS, and TELUS agree on is keeping their iron dome of accessibility over this country for foreign investors who know we’re being fucked over. That’s why they invest. They don’t get the same ROI in other countries with actual competition and cheaper rates. They get a premium for investing in TELCOs that hold countries hostage with rates 5x higher than any developed nation.
Admitting 911 is an essential service could force the government’s hand in regulating them (ALL 3 are currently unregulated – they make the rules), possibly opening the door to competition and decreasing profit. You can’t put access to an essential service in the hands of people who don’t give a fuck about Canadians, so not admitting it’s an essential service is key for all three to keep stealing from thee.
ROGERS is desperate to consolidate even more power with their proposed SHAW merger (which I’ve been told is in serious jeopardy), so there’s a lot riding on these hearings. Tony said the merger would be great for Canadians, then cited how it would only be good for ROGERS and SHAW (Alberta cable conglomerate). He’s lying by omission when he’s not lying by lying.
The CRTC wants the merger because the RTC is comprised of compromised telco executive relationships. The competition bureau isn’t keen on giving one ring to rule them all to ROGERS because they can’t stay functional for 365 days and continue to prove wildly incompetent and collusive.
And with Minister Champagnes’ help, it’ll stay that way.
That #Rogers #Shaw merger needs to be stopped, IMO. Canada is paying the highest rates in the world for cell phone & internet. And it will never improve, if that happens, due to lack of competition. https://t.co/lDpDfQFBRL #yyc
— Deborah Robinson🎨🎹🎸🎤📝📷⌨️📚✂️💄🙌🧘♀️😻🇨🇦 (@redgypsee) July 17, 2022
PS: Nate Erskine Smith is a stud.