Allow MVNO mobile phone providers in Canada

Allow MVNO mobile phone providers in Canada

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Freedom Fibers started this petition to The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry)

It is well known that Canada has some of the most expensive mobile phone service rates in the world.

The solution to this problem is increased competition from independent mobile phone providers which many countries are already doing by allowing Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) who provide service by purchasing wholesale access to towers from an existing operator.  However in Canada, incumbent providers are fighting tooth and nail in order to prevent this from happening by creating multiple "Flanker" brands giving the illusion that MVNO's are not required as consumers have enough brands to choose from.

Recent efforts to have the Canadian federal government allow MVNO's have been unsuccessful so far with Ottawa rejecting an appeal by dotmobile to allow true MVNO providers. This would enable cell phone plans to be offered as low as $15 / mo.

Mint Mobile owner Ryan Reynolds who is Canadian has also made substantial efforts to expand his U.S. based service in Canada but in order to do so, the CRTC must allow MVNO providers without any frequency spectrum or tower building requirements.

Now is the time to take action! Sign our petition today and let's show the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry that Canadians everywhere are demanding lower cost cell phone plans like the rest of the world has which we will only get once MVNO's are allowed in Canada.

 

TO: The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

As a country with some of the highest mobile phone service rates in the world, Canada has a problem. It is clear that a lack of independent service providers is causing collusion in the marketplace and Canadians are paying the price.

As Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, one of your mandates is to ensure that Canadians from coast to coast have access to affordable telecommunication services by reducing the rates we pay to be comparable with other countries.

We urge you to make changes in order to significantly enhance the level of competition for mobile phone service providers in Canada and enable lower cost cell phone plans by:

- Enhancing competition from more independent telecom providers by allowing true MVNO providers in Canada.
- Limiting all incumbent providers from owning more than 1 "flanker" brand.

By having an increased amount of independent telecom providers offering mobile phone service, the collusion will cease and the market forces will naturally lower cell phone rates to be comparable with the rest of the world.

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