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Back to You Minister Bains: CRTC Rejects Mandated MVNO System (Again) - Michael Geist
The CRTC has released its much-anticipated re-consideration ruling on how regional and smaller wireless companies access wholesale roaming services from larger providers. By sending a previous CRTC decision back to the Commission for re-consideration, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains signalled the government's hope that the competitiveness problems in the Canadian wireless sector - consumers still pay some of the highest rates in the world - could be addressed through mandating access for new competitors on a wholesale basis. The Commission reviewed its earlier decision and basically said thanks, but no thanks, keeping the key policy elements unchanged.