Monday, 19 August 2013

Come on in Verizon

Let's have that extra edge of competition
and spit on the awful protest ads from Bell, Telus and Rogers.
Sly misdirection
The big three push your buttons with this line: "“Sweetheart deals for U.S. giants are a bad call for you.” and hide their self interest in the small print. Shabby language from Canada's little giants.  Two little companies (Wind Mobile, Mobilicity) that may be bought by Verizon have brought Canadian cell pricing down.  The "US Giant" will have to sell its product in Canada for less than it gets in the US.  Remember that giants pass away as Bethlehem Steel, TWA and Kodak did when they stopped giving good value to their customers.  I used to shop at Dominion ("It's mainly because of the meat") years ago.  Verizon (Formerly Bell Atlantic Corporation) isn't new to Canada because it used to own a lot of BC Tel (Telus today).  What about losing jobs?  When Kentucky Fried Chicken and Walmart came to Canada, they hired Canadians.  Same with Verizon.

Added: Political Insider points out Telus has a call centre in the Phillipines. So much for job losses.

There are some blocks of spectrum that Canada's big three can't bid on and Verizon, if it buys one of the smaller companies, would be able to bid on it.   The reason there is a restricted bid is to encourage more players into the market!, protecting Canadian consumers from monopolizing tendencies of Telus, Rogers and Bell.

Update: More nuance from Michel Kelly-Gagnon at the Financial Post.

Remember this ad? Greyhound pissing
on unidentified plane.
Do you remember when discount Greyhound Air was going to open up in Canada? They wanted to get people out of cars and into planes.  Air Canada in particular led the charge to have government regulations dump on them before Greyhound could get out of the gate.  If you ever wonder why Canada has such high air fares compared to the US, remember the Greyhound Air that never happened.  (Hmmm. Reading a little further I see that Laidlaw bought Greyhound Canada but didn't want to continue support for the air venture, the National Transportation Agency (egged on by Air Canada and CP) declared Greyhound didn't have a domestic air licence??)  I thought it was cronyism between big airlines and big government, at the time. Am I wrong?

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