The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is calling on the Harper government to rescind advantages offered to Verizon Communications Inc. to set up as a fourth major carrier and to instead establish a Crown Corporation to fulfill this objective.
"When wireless 'spectrum' is a hot topic at summer barbecues you know the government's telecommunications policy is a mess," said CEP president Dave Coles. "To get out of a crisis it is important for a government to be able to think 'outside the box' and setting up a public Telco company would be a smart way to do just that."
"If the government is intent on providing consumers with a fourth major carrier in each market it should acquire one of the struggling small telcos, reserve some of the available 700 MHz spectrum for public use and establish 'Canada Wireless' as a Crown Corporation.
The union added that such a move would not be as innovative as it may seem.
“In 2007 the government of New Zealand bought a small Internet provider in a bid to strengthen the country's telecommunications sector,” it said in a release. “Similarly, SaskTel is the leading communications provider in that province and it has led the way on many technological and service advancements.”