Federal Industry Minister James Moore.

Moore blasts back at telcos as tussle over Verizon entry intensifies

Big three telecoms in duel with Ottawa for public support in feud over future of cellphone service

 

Federal Industry Minister James Moore has fired back at Canada’s big three telecom firms in response to their campaign against the potential entry of U.S. mobile phone carrier Verizon.

Incumbent phone companies Bell Canada, Telus and Rogers have taken to the airwaves with ads objecting to Verizon’s ability to use existing infrastructure without having to build its own network if the U.S. giant buys up one of Canada’s two smaller wireless firms that are up for sale.

They also have a website, fairforcanada.ca, that contends Verizon would threaten Canadian jobs and potentially the privacy and security of cellphone users.

Their spokesman accused the Tories of scoring populist political points by tempting a “misinformed” public with the lure of lower prices through more competition.

Moore said the companies’ claims are filled with assumptions and misinformation about the federal government’s intent in allowing a new foreign wireless competitor.

“I think Canadians know very well what is at stake and they know dishonest attempts to skew debates via misleading campaigns when they see them,” Moore said in a letter on his website.

“Our responsibility is toward a broader public interest, and we are serving Canadians with our policy approach.”

The federal Conservatives launched their own website Friday to counter the telcos – consumersfirst.ca.

It underscores the high prices Canadians pay compared to other countries and argues Canada’s big three carriers won’t be forced out by Verizon because they own 85 per cent of the wireless spectrum.

 

Just Posted

Hip hop duo weave important Indigenous tales

Northern B.C.’s Snotty Nose Rez Kids, here June 7, getting cultural message out to a broad audience

Film, food and drink make for a delicious combo

Victoria Film Festival’s Feast: Food and Film lets you indulge all the senses. June 13-15

Take a bite out of Victoria during YYJ Eats

Chamber of Commerce hosting fourth annual celebration of locally made food and drink

Kathy Kay: The red days of pre-summer prove entertaining

Judi Dench in Red Joan, and documentary Meeting Gorbachev to be held over at The Vic

REVIEW: The Souvenir well crafted, but leaves viewer to do the work

Art and heartbreak combo makes for rollercoaster of emotions in coming-of-age film: Robert Moyes

WATCH: Maya mixes the ancient with the contemporary at the RBCM

New ‘world-leading’ exhibit offers many pieces not seen before by the public

Expanded bluegrass festival pitches its tent at Laketown Ranch

Former Sooke Bluegrass Festival outgrew previous venue after 16 successful years, organizer says

Special Report: Opioid overdose display gets blessing from the Pope, awaits a city-approved spot

Judith Conway’s large display represents people who have died from opioid overdoses

Mamma Mia! poised to be biggest Chemainus Theatre show ever

Plenty of buzz as Island dinner theatre schedules ABBA-fueled romp

Action on climate change a moral commitment: author

Dahr Jamail to speak in Sooke on June 4

Most Read