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It appears that the telecom battle is heating up. With both the telecom companies and the Government firing shots at each other.

In addition to participating in the Fair for Canada campaign, telecom giant Telus wrote a blog post about Verizon’s potential entry into the Canadian market. In this post, Andrea Goertz of Telus emphasizes that Telus welcomes competition, but believes that Verizon would be receiving unfair benefits as a new telecommunications company in Canada. Goertz also writes that she doesn’t think that having Verizon in Canada would lead to lower telecom prices for Canadians.

This all comes fresh on the heels of newly appointed Industry Minister James Moore’s comments in regard to the big 3’s resistance to Verizon. Moore posted a letter on his website in response to a letter published in the Financial Post by BCE director Anthony S. Fell addressed to PM Harper.

Fell believes the Government is taking advantage of a misinformed public. He argues that Verizon should have to bid in the spectrum auction for cell phone data the same way Canadian companies do. Moore wrote back saying “I think Canadians know very well what is at stake and they know dishonest attempts to skew debates via misleading campaigns when they see them.”

Moore has also started a cross-country tour which will see him speak on the Government’s policy in regard to the telecom industry and how its focused on increasing competition. In addition to that, the Government also launched a website http://www.consumersfirst.ca which aims to dispel some of the myths about Canada’s telecom industry, as well as asking Canadians to add their name to a list of individuals who are supporting choice in Canada’s wireless industry.

The conversation in regard to Verizon’s proposed entry and the Fair for Canada campaign is continuing on Twitter. Some individuals are promoting Open Media’s “Demand Choice!” campaign, which was started back in January as a response to Rogers’ bid to acquire spectrum that had been set aside for new entrants, but it seems it’s also applicable to the current Fair for Canada campaign. The Demand Choice campaign states that “Canada’s Big Telecom giants are raising their rates and undermining customer protection rules”.

The campaign is asking Canadians to speak out against the “high prices” and “horrible cell phone service” that we receive by signing a petition address to Canada’s Industry Ministry James Moore by asking him not to allow incumbent telecom providers to “block access to affordable mobile phone and Internet options”.

So far the campaign has gathered 59, 599 signatures from concerned Canadians.

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