Last week, OpenMedia.ca – the non-profit organization that successfully rallied half a million Canadians on the usage-based billing issue last year – launched a new campaign in support of wireless competition. They are inviting all Canadians to sign a petition to ask Industry Minister Paradis and Prime Minister Harper to set spectrum aside for new entrants at the upcoming wireless spectrum auction.
Since the campaign launched, they’ve already obtained 38,000 signatures and a fair bit of media attention, but they still need our help. As members of WIND’s community, you’ve been a part of the ongoing battle to create a real wireless choice for Canadians by participating in the conversation. A lot of you have also been able to enjoy the benefits of wireless competition firsthand by signing up with WIND. We can’t thank you enough for your support, but all of our progress is in jeopardy if the government does not set aside wireless spectrum for new entrants at the next auction.
As I mentioned in September when I wrote about Rogers’ campaign for a ‘fair and open’ auction, it is the current and potential competitors to the “Big Three” that need this spectrum to keep competition alive in Canada, allowing companies like WIND to continue to offer choice and value to Canadians. Although the incumbents may claim to want to build out their rural networks you have to ask yourself, since so much of their spectrum is currently unused, why haven’t they done this already? The incumbents clearly want to buy up any available spectrum in order to keep it away from their competition.
The future of wireless competition at risk but it’s not too late to take a stand. By signing the petition, you’re letting the government know that you will not sit by and allow cell phone prices to increase, customer service to deteriorate and unfair practices – like hidden fees – to continue. I encourage all of you to visit http://stopthesqueeze.ca/, sign the petition and share it with your networks through Facebook and Twitter. Together we can make sure that we are heard and that wireless competition in Canada is here to stay.