Today’s letter from innovators and entrepreneurs across Canada calling on Minister Moore to fix the broken cell phone market highlights the failure of the Conservative’s to create a framework that will lead to increased competition.
The NDP believes that the 700MHz auction is a critical point in the development of a competitive digital economy for all Canadians, and for this reason we attempted to reconvene the Industry Committee to study the effects of the Industry Canada framework and improve outcomes for Canadian consumers.
However, it is clear that the Conservatives are not interested in real debate on the issue. The issues raised in the Open Media letter stem directly from mistakes made by the Conservatives in the 2008 AWS Spectrum Auction. At this point, it appears that the Conservatives are determined to repeat many of these same mistakes. Unfortunately, it is Canadian consumers who will feel the effects.
Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) NDP Industry Critic