CRTC calls Bell out on anticompetitive practices
“Large, vertically integrated mobile companies have both the incentive and the means by which to exercise undue preference when it comes to content,” says OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson. "By engaging in anticompetitive business practices that give them exclusive rights to content, these big phone companies are better able to hogtie the market, to limit diversity of carriers, and to price-gouge Canadians. We at OpenMedia.ca are pleased that the CRTC has recognized this and taken a stand in this instance."
Anderson continues: "Canada already lags behind other countries in mobile diversity, and anti-competitive behaviour could push us further to the back of the pack."
Today’s decision was triggered by a complaint filed by Telus in January, after it had unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate for rights to NHL and NFL content owned exclusively by Bell Mobility.
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