How does this increase competition? It doesn't. Note the highlights in the excellent article below by Timothy LeRiche of the Edmonton Sun (note folks the right wing Edmonton Sun). It allows the big Telcos to drop their prices in areas where they are a virtual monopoly. How does that help competition? It doesn't it merely insures and increases their monopoly.
How come the BT and other conservative cheerleaders miss this point. Hello,can you say monopoly. Supposedly our Tory government and their cheerleaders in the press and blogosphere hate monopolies.What they hate is public ownership like the Wheat Board, they hate medicare, because they are State Monopolies. But they love private monopolies. Go figure.
How will this help Vonage, or the cable companies that are the real competiton to Bell and Telus. Well it won't. Will it mean lower prices for you and me, well perhaps as Telus and Bell lowball their bids to gain more market share. But as always with lowballing, it ends up after the initial honeymoon, the prices go up, and up, and up.....
Ringing in new firms?
Further federal phone deregulation could see new Alberta companies in 2007
The federal government said yesterday it was poised to further deregulate phone services in regions where competition is already at work.
In Alberta's urban areas, incumbent Telus already battles against the likes of Bell, Primus and Shaw.
"We've been prohibited from competing on an equal playing field with those companies," said Jim Johannsson of Telus. "We've been subject to something called a price cap regime, which means we can't modify the price we charge for local services. Whereas our competitors are free to price their services below market."
Phone service is regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and part of its mandate is to ensure consumers have affordable access to residential service.
It had put in place price ceilings and floors on how much Telus and Bell and other telephone giants could charge in markets where they controlled more than 75% of the local phone game.
Industry Minister Maxime Bernier said yesterday the Harper government intends to reverse the CRTC stance regulating local services.
"It's a positive step," said Johannsson. "Telus will be able to put its best offers forward to its best customers."
Critics have slammed the idea, warning it could drive up prices in areas where competition is weak.
But consumer groups and the small local-phone players say there is no real competition in the local phone market.
They fear that the bigger companies will simply drive down their prices in order to stave off the competition, and then raise prices.
While claiming to be in the best interests of competition and consumers it is actually a kick back to the two Telco's for having been good boys and not protesting the governments plans to tax income trusts.
Both Telus and Bell were named by Finance Minister Flaherty as being one of the reasons he was forced to say Boo on Halloween to further expansion of Income Trusts in Canada. And scared the bejesus out of the marketplace with his Frankenstien like announcement that yes the Tories were about to break an election promise and TAX, yes Tax the Income Trusts.
Hey that's not just a broken promise that is a break with the very core ideology of our Neo-Con Government which is all about tax cuts. Well it was until Halloween now they are all about Tax Fairness, adopting the platform of the NDP. Anyways since that fateful day, the Tories have been doing backflips to help out the big corporations that were about to become trusts.
Not only does this interference in the market place give a big kick back to the Telcos but Multiculturalism Minister Bev Oda has given Encana, the other big corporation that was planning to become an Income Trust, a kick back.
Plans are afoot, yet not officially announced ,to move the National Portrait Gallery to Calgary, not exactly the Nations Capital except in its own mind, where it will be built as a P3 in partnership with Encana. What does Encana get for its investment, as I said here before, probably naming rights and long term leasing arrangements, which is money in their pockets.
The Conservatives are making up to the big Three Companies that were directly affected by their Income Trust announcements by putting more of your money and mine in their pockets.
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