It's not an hourly quota like cancon rules. Rogers is required to spend money on programming and donate to national programming funds.
That may explain why my Rogers bill has gone up 20% in the last year. It amazes me how Canadian broadcasters manage to find billions of dollars to throw at takeovers, mergers and misguided projects while complaining to the CRTC that they must excessively inflate consumer and wholesale prices due to rising costs. It's time that the CRTC reins these behemoths in.My understanding is that Rogers will have to pay a $1.2 billion reverse termination fee to Shaw if the deal is not approved.
So Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg are not major cities? We exist out west you know, 5,000,000 in BCThe fact that the CRTC approved the merger of broadcasting and cable assets just shows how corrupt and out of touch that arm of the government is. There is no way a single cable operator should be able to control so many markets. They would literally be the main cable operator in every major city outside Quebec except for Regina and a few Atlantic cities like Halifax and Charlottetown.
Where are you getting that I'm leaving out those cities? All those cities are Shaw territory. I mentioned Regina because it would be the only major city in the west that wouldn't be under Rogers if the Rogers-Shaw deal ultimately passes.So Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg are not major cities? We exist out west you know, 5,000,000 in BC
It's not just about having a choice in providers. If Rogers is allowed that much more territory, it gives them more lobbying power with regulators.I live in a small town and even in the rural areas here Telus competes with Shaw and there are new deals available. When I think of what I got for $40 30 years ago the current price is one heck of a deal. Change providers every two years, having your own email addresses and enjoy
We saw that with MTS too. Manitoba got better prices, then Bell bought them. Trouble is that only some of those other competitors function as effective competition, while others don't really have much impact or just go at the same price level.I think the rationale is that Bell, Telus and other telcos are competition but the reality is that there is very little competition between those companies in price and other service aspects. They act more as a cartel to keep prices high and third party competition out. In a lot of places they don't compete at all as there is only one service available. That's why prices for Ontario and some other areas where Rogers and Bell "compete" have higher prices than places like Quebec where other competition exists.