Below is a link to express your concerns to the Competition Bureau if you oppose the deal.
For people wanting to oppose the BCE purchase of MTS you need to focus your efforts.
1. Only on the wireless service side does the proposed purchase change the number of companies and result in a reduction in competition.
2. MTS broadband service has included clauses in the user contracts for years to allow data caps as Bell operates in other provinces although they have been unenforced.
3. On the tv service side there are significant issues that MTS has been unable or unwilling to address including the over two year wait for TSN Go, the over year long wait for WWE On Demand and the now over three months without streaming access to the TMN content including HBO Canada.
4. The Competition Bureau is largely not going to care what impact the sale has on customers bills. They have largely ignoring suspected industry collusion in the wireless market in other provinces and other industries such as gas prices. They are going to look more heavily at what the sale does to the number of choices, not so much what those choices charge. Dwayne's table shared already in this post is an excellent summary of what it likely means. Keep in mind having two carriers with under 10% market share is the driver of the competitive market, not a somewhat independent company with 50% of the market share.
5. Industry Canada has a very narrow focus in the review of the proposed sale. Their area of oversight is limited to the allocation of wireless spectrum. They have no control over what carriers charge customers per month. It is not something they even give much consideration in their decisions. They have been the lead on the four carrier national strategy and setting aside wireless spectrum from new entrants. The BCE deal would transfer the "new entrant" spectrum to one of the incumbents however the deal occurs outside the transfer restriction window put in place of the first spectrum auction.
6. The CRTC review will likely focus on telecom policies like CanCon, ensuring the tv channel distribution rules for a vertically integrated company are followed and to clarify that conditions previously placed on BCE apply such as allowing wholesale access to the wired broadband network. This stage of the review will be more telling BCE how the sale is implemented than presenting a chance to oppose it.
7. The final piece to keep in is BCE could restructure their purchase to proceed largely as proposed except instead of sending 1/3 of the wireless customers, etc to Telus they leave it mind in "old MTS". That would effectively create a small, independent wireless company with about 16% of the market share and no other services. Under that structure BCE would still have 40% of the market share and Telus would be left at 9%. Changing the deal to a structure like this would likely pass all the required approvals. It would also likely severely limit how competitive "old MTS" could be in the wireless space. It also then be "competitive pressures" and "natural customer churn" that lead to the reduction in wireless market competition and with it increases in prices.
End of the day customers are not going to be able to stop the BCE purchase of MTS, at best we are going to be able to do is have conditions and restrictions applied to the sale.
I should add, here is an excellent link that was part of the Open Media presentation to the CRTC on TalkBroadband. While it is specific to a somewhat rural community in BC you could easily change Bowen Island and Telus for Winkler and MTS or Morris and Bell and it would apply equally.
And if you think it is ``just a rural issue`` just wait until 4K video moves a little more into the mainstream and see how those urban networks buckle under the same types of congestion rural customers face now.
From a technology viewpoint, Bell has been better than Rogers for many years. However, there are a lot of other things I don't like about Bell as a company. Being a Bell customer is like putting your bank account in a vice, they are always trying to squeeze more money out of it.
True, their skinny basic package clearly reflects Bell's intension to prevent customers from saving any money.So much to look forward to...
I hope that Shaw Direct will soon invest some money in new hardware and more HD channels. Their skinny basic looks like the best choice and I would not mind switching to this provider once the upgrade is completed.