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My Submission To Canada’s Competition Bureau Regarding Bell/CRTC Usage-Based Billing (UBB)

Bell Canada is competing unfairly with many of its rival companies in the area of television services and provision of internet access services.

Specifically, this is regarding Bell’s request to the CRTC to institute usage based billing (UBB). The reason it is uncompetitive is that the UBB policies actually have nothing to do with preserving network resources, and are instead designed to stamp out fair competition in the market.

The reason for this is the recent entry of Netflix into the Canadian market. Netflix provides a service that competes with Bell ExpressVu television at a much lower price. Netflix’s service depends on being able to transfer large amounts of data over the internet. By instituting UBB, Bell is effectively preventing its competitor internet service providers such as Acanac and Teksavvy from providing high-volume internet access that is ideal for Netflix.

Bell knows that if Netflix were to enter the market, natural competitive forces would cause users to identify Netflix as a much superior service, and therefore cancel ExpressVu and Bell Sympatico internet service en masse. This would result in an inferior product (Bell’s services) being driven out of the market in favour of much superior products like Teksavvy, Acanac internet services and Netflix internet TV.

Therefore Bell has leveraged its advantages and connections with the CRTC to enact a decision that would kill off superior companies through legislation, instead of actually being forced to compete fairly in the competitive marketplace. This is the core issue of how Bell is acting in an uncompetitive manner and should be stopped immediately.

I believe that competitive forces should be allowed to work naturally here, because Bell’s products and services are incredibly inferior to their equivalents in other countries. They cannot be allowed to continue to smother and destroy competition in Canada.

Canadian Readers: For more information about why UBB is one of the greatest threats to competition and freedom in the Canadian marketplace, and to find out what you can do to stop it, please see: www.stopthemeter.ca.

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