Category Spectrum

Wireless Carriers’ High Flying Prices

Last week, Mobile Syrup reported that the big 3’s flanker brands, Virgin, Fido, and Koodo (including zombified competitor Public Mobile) would be raising prices on their wireless plans at the same time. Then, the news broke today that Bell, Rogers, and Telus, moving in lockstep, have quietly raised their prices for wireless services as well. Prices for plans […]

Rabbit Holes and Roaming Fees

The pictures above are screen caps, taken from the Rogers website on September 17, 2013. The first is from the “Plans and Pricing” page, and the second from the “small print” link at the bottom of that same page. 1024 kB = 1 MB , 1024 MB = 1 GB (FYI) Hold the phone. Is Rogers charging […]

Sparkling Lakes and Spectrum Auctions, Part 1

Bell, Rogers, and Telus have been collectively taking out full page advertisements in newspapers all summer long. You may have seen their most recent one, and I must say, it’s elegantly laid out. It’s split into two simple columns: on the left there is a picture depicting two kayakers navigating Maligne Lake, Alberta, which rests […]

Rogers CEO Won’t Take “No” for an Answer

On Friday, August 23rd, telecom journalist Greg O’Brien of published an interview with Nadir Mohamed, CEO of Rogers Communications titled “WIRELESS: Rogers is not taking “no” for an answer, says Mohamed. Government ignoring all outsiders.” The topic of the interview is the now familiar debate about the fairness (or perceived lack thereof) of the […]

Wireless: What is it Good For? (Absolutely Something!)

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Susan Crawford’s new book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Promotion for her work has been widespread recently, with notable examples being a review by Sam Gustin for Time and a radio appearance by Dr. Crawford on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm […]

Industry Canada’s Auction Rules Prevent Interference (with Telco Profits)

Not that long ago, if you wanted to spend an evening watching a movie, you’d head down to the local video store, walk around the aisles a couple times, and once you found something ‘good’ you’d head to the till, whip out your membership card, pay and head straight for the couch. Today, if you’ve […]

Who needs Better Internet, Anyway?

Way back in 2001, the Government-sponsored National Broadband Task Force determined that “over the next 10 or 20 years, the development of broadband network services and applications will have a profound effect on all aspects of Canadian life.” Well here we are, 11 years later, and Canadians are amongst the heaviest Internet users in the […]