Stop the Canadian Cell Phone Monopoly

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December 2017 was a wild month -- the Cleveland Browns finished 0-16, Star Wars: The Last Jedi disappointed audiences around the globe and Canada’s three major wireless carriers -- Bell, Rogers and TELUS -- released a promotional holiday plan with an unprecedented 10GB of data for just $60.00 per month.

The $60.00 plan was extremely popular across the country and in some cases, customers had to wait up to a week before being able to reach a customer service rep to get the deal. Ultimately, over 360,000 Canadians subscribed to the promotional plan across Bell, Rogers and TELUS, but all three carriers, including their subsidiaries, will be raising the rates of the plan by upwards of $10.00 per month.

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“Canada ranks among the more expensive countries within the G7.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission would agree. In a report using data from early 2016, the CRTC commissioned Nordicity to rank eight wealthy countries for wireless pricing, and found that Canada took the number one or number two spot in almost all categories.

Canadian telecoms are also protected by the government, to an extent. Canadian law prohibits foreign ownership of a major telecom company, which effectively kneecaps any foreign cell phone company from muscling in and upending the industry with cut-rate offerings.

“You have three companies that are protected from international competition and the service they provide us is inferior,” University of Toronto professor Walid Hejazi told the Canadian Press in July.

But Canadian telecom companies are doing great. In fact, they’re among the most profitable in the world. In a 2008 analysis by Merrill Lynch, the Canadian wireless market was the most profitable of the 23 countries surveyed, according to CBC.