Consumers should think of their financial interests - not large telcos'
before writing their MP, says new entrant, adding wireless spectrum
must be set aside to sustain new-found low rates
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Responding to what it says is a thinly
veiled attempt at manipulating government regulators and public
perception, Mobilicity today said Canadians should not be fooled by a
new Big 3 carrier stunt to get people to protest more wireless spectrum
set-asides for Mobilicity and other new carriers.
"The future of affordable wireless rates is at risk, not the future of
long-term evolution (LTE) networks," said Chief Operating Officer
Stewart Lyons. "Mobilicity has helped bring down the cost of wireless
in Canada significantly and we need to augment our limited amount of
spectrum to ensure affordable pricing continues."
According to University of Ottawa law professor and internationally
syndicated columnist on technology law issues Michael Geist, "The
Rogers astroturf lobby campaign against a spectrum set-aside...sneakily
uses people interested in a notification on when LTE may be available
in their market..."
Geist also wrote on his blog (michaelgeist.ca), "Given the effects of
new competition, it should come as no surprise that Rogers and the
other incumbents will use every tactic in the book to prevent a repeat
of the AWS auction and a set-aside for new entrants."
Lyons advised consumers to think the real implications of writing their
local Member of Parliament. "Big 3 wireless carriers have more spectrum
than they need and will stop at nothing to dress up and misrepresent
their hidden agenda of eliminating competition so they can raise their
rates back up again," he said.
To those who do not want to see rates return to levels among the highest
in the developed world, Mobilicity suggests the following edits to the
standard form letter proposed by the Big 3 carrier:
Don't raise my rates
"I want to see our country have competitive, fairly priced wireless
services from companies that put consumers' needs first.
Therefore, I respectfully urge you to allow free and open access to the
700-megahertz spectrum by allowing companies who bring real value for
wireless services to participate in the upcoming auction. Excluding any
incumbent would only serve to slow down incumbent profits, as new
entrants would be able to continue to drive down prices, increase
adoption of wireless services and provide real alternatives for
Canadians, thus contributing to our growing and vital digital economy.
Worse yet, it would adversely impact the incumbent's ability to raise
prices on me for no reason.
LTE will offer us access to truly revolutionary wireless experiences,
enriching our lives and growing our economy. Having incentives for new
entrants to acquire spectrum will provide the best opportunity for us
to actually achieve affordable data services, especially LTE. .
For these reasons, I ask you to support the growth of the new entrants
by not allowing the incumbents to hijack the auction in order to shut
out competition . It's best for our economy. It's best for Canada.
After all, the incumbents already have more spectrum than any other
operator anywhere in the world. How much is enough?
About Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless)
Mobilicity, Canada's smart mobile carrier, was created to bring down the
cost of wireless with unlimited talk, text and data plans, affordable
North American coverage, plus popular handsets and smartphones -
without locking customers into contracts or charging extra or hidden
fees. Everything Mobilicity does adds up to a better wireless
experience, not an expensive one. NOW THAT'S SMART.
Formerly known as Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE
Wireless), the company is led by Obelysk, a diversified Canadian
holding company, and Quadrangle Capital Partners, a global investor in
the telecommunications and media sectors. Mobilicity was named one of
Canada's Top 25 Up and Coming Information & Communication Technology
start-ups in 2010 by the Branham Group Inc. Further information about
Mobilicity can be found at www.mobilicity.ca.
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