Ralph Nader enters Canada's wireless debate
TORONTO - A prominent American consumer-rights advocate says the Harper government should be wary about allowing Verizon into the Canadian wireless market.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper published by the Toronto Star, Ralph Nader says Verizon has made extensive use of U.S. tax subsidies even though the wireless communications giant it has been profitable.
Verizon has been exploring an entry into the federally regulated wireless market, currently dominated by three Canadian companies â€” Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T).
The three carriers and the domestic industry's main association have responded with an extensive publicity campaign calling for the Harper government to drop policies that they say give Verizon an unfair advantage over them.
Industry Minister James Moore has responded with a cross-country tour to explain why the government wants to increase competition in wireless services.