Minister Bains CAVED to Bell

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The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, was on the verge of finally taking action to lower Canadians' cell phone bills by pushing the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to... approve low-cost Wi-Fi-based mobile services to operate in Canada.

But this week, we learned that after being lobbied by Bell, he backed down and caved to the big telecoms.1

Navdeep Bains is supposed to be listening to the people of Canada, not Big Telecom lobbyists. It's time to turn up the pressure and remind him who he works for.

Will you donate to help ramp up the pressure on Minister Bains to bring low-cost Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) phone services to Canada?

Every month, people in Canada struggle to pay some of the highest prices for cell service in the world.

So last year, Minister Bains asked the CRTC to consider mandating MVNOs in Canada, a move that would open up the market to smaller providers and bring affordable cell service to consumers, as it has done in other countries, like the UK and the US.

When the CRTC decided to shut the door on MVNOs, OpenMedia pressured Minister Bains to reverse its decision. And we now know that Minister Bains was seriously considering sending the decision back to the CRTC—but then Bell stepped in.

An April 2018 letter from the CEO of Bell, obtained by The Wire Report, called on Minister Bains to not send the decision back to the CRTC for reconsideration. The CEO even threatened to do away with its one low-cost prepaid brand if Minister Bains pushed ahead.2

So Minister Bains caved.

Instead of bringing game-changing MVNOs—low cost Wi-Fi-based mobile operators—to Canada, Minister Bains and Prime Minister Trudeau are folding to the executives at Bell and Rogers.

In exchange, the Big Three are profiting off Canadians to the tune of $40 per gigabyte, the largest profit margin for data of any country in the world.3

Enough is enough. We are not going to let our politicians put the interests of the Big Three in front of those of their constituents. We're running ads calling out Minister Bains and pressuring him to override the CRTC and bring affordable cell phone services to Canada.

It's time for the CRTC to bring down costs by opening up the cell phone market to competition from low-cost MVNOs. Will you donate to pressure Minister Bains to stand up for the people instead of Bell, Telus, and Rogers?


Yours in the fight for fair cellular prices,
Marie, and the whole team at OpenMedia

[1,2] Bell urged Bains not to send back MVNO decision a second time: Bell urged Bains not to send back MVNO decision a second time
[3] Canada's Wireless Providers Make Most Revenue Per GB In The World: Study: HuffPost


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