June 14, 2006

June 14, 2006: Telus CEO tells CRTC ...

Telus CEO tells CRTC to keep its hands off broadcasters -- Telco expands TV service -- " let market forces rein" Kevin Restivo, Financial Post, June 14, 2006
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[....] "Competitors ... must be given fair and reasonable wholesale access to the public network infrastructure controlled by the incumbent providers .... willing to pay cost plus a reasonable return."

[....] the current rates ... "plainly excessive."

[.... Darren Entwistle, Telus's chief executive] said the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) should "seriously consider" one piece of legislation that covers the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.

[....] The technology sector's top U.S. and Canadian movers and shakers are gathering in Toronto for the Canadian Telecom Summit this week. Over the next two days in the Financial Post, reporters will extensively cover the event, the largest of its kind in this country.


I would add: stop bundling which includes many channels we never watch, and we have to pay even more to get the ones we might be interested in watching. Get the social engineering of language, art, drama, what is Canadian and just about every aspect of TV/telephone/mainstream media influence out of our lives. Let us live our lives as we wish, not be forced to pay for what some small group chooses for us ... programs, internet access, telephone (and probably more I don't even think of off the top of my head) from a narrow range of those companies who presently control these. I don't want to be restricted to one telephone company, one cable company, the demands of one language group or another ... ah, fill in the rest of it for yourself. Some people even agree with me.

We want choice ... and to choose for ourselves ... even to make mistakes ... but let us find out.

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