“The report points to a policy decision in December 2006 by then Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that ordered the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to use market forces to the maximum extent possible, and ensure that regulation was minimally intrusive.”
Deregulation is not the issue. In fact the industry needs to be further deregulated and eliminate the foreign ownership restrictions. Bell, Rogers and Telus are an oligopoly (like a monopoly but with more than one company).
The are entrenched because they were all started as provincial monopolies and then allowed to merge under ‘deregulation’ without the availablity of third parties to enter the market at the same time.
The smaller players (Fido, Clearnet etc.) never had a chance without a big player with deep pockets (T-Mobile. Verizon, Vodafone etc.) to back an aggressive expansion.
This report points to the failure of ‘market forces’ but this is hardly a free market. Look at most of the third world – they have cheap mobile phones because their governments don’t waste time regulating the industry to death in a misguided attempt to ‘keep the business in the country’ like Canada does.