Help stop Manitoba's cell phone rates from skyrocketing 

On May 2, Bell Canada struck a deal to buy Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS).

This would reduce options for cell services in Manitoba from four to just the big three national providers: Bell, Rogers and Telus. In Ontario, BC and Alberta, which only have the big three providers, all cell phone packages are dramatically more expensive with fewer options.

For example, none of the big three providers offer unlimited data like MTS does—and charges for going over can be huge.

But it’s not a done deal. It can still be stopped!

If you’re concerned, please take a few minutes and tell the Competition Bureau that stopping the sale of MTS to Bell is in the best interest of families like yours.

You can fill out the form here:

http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04077.html

If you’re not sure what to say, attached below are some facts for inspiration. This is based on a submission by the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, which can be found here:

http://www.cmcrp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Final-CMCRP-Report-Bell-MTS-Bid-25May16-1.pdf

If you want to help keep life affordable for families in Manitoba, please forward this message to all your friends and family to give them the opportunity to speak out. Together, we can stop this deal and make a real difference.

Fast Facts

  • Bell Canada buying MTS would mean less service providers in the Manitoba communications marketplace.
  • If the merger goes forward, there will no longer be an independent service provider in Manitoba capable of constraining the market power of Bell, Rogers, and Telus.
  • Less service providers would result in increased prices and reduced service quality on monthly data limits and network investments.
  • Bell says that MTS’s affordable prices have resulted in unsustainably low profits, which have undercut its ability to invest in state-of-the-art internet connections and the latest wireless networks. This is not true.
  • MTS profit levels are actually higher than Bell’s. For years MTS’s significant investments in wireless networks, high-speed broadband, and next-generation IPTV services have been more than Bell’s, with better results than anything Bell offers in its own areas.
  • Reducing the number of wireless carriers from four to three has been strongly opposed by regulators around the world.
    • For example, when AT&T tried to take over T-Mobile in 2011, for example, the US Department of Justice stopped the deal.
  • Since then, T-Mobile has flourished by offering innovative services like unlimited data plans and free international roaming.
  • BCE’s take over of MTS would not be in the public interest, and Manitobans would have to bear the cost.