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Wind Mobile, Mobilicity And Public Mobile Withdraw From CWTA

Posted In News, Reviews - By AndroidPress on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 With No Comments »


In a statement today WIND Mobile, Mobilicity & Public Mobile have announced their withdrawal from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). The three relatively new providers state that this move comes as a direct result of mounting frustration with the CWTA’s bias for the big three telcos, Bell, TELUS and Rogers.

The CWTA has acted as an advocate for all of the wireless carriers in Canada, lobbying governments on behalf of the industry regarding legislation and other interests as well as lobbying consumer groups attempting to dispel negative press or accusations. The trio of companies leaving the CWTA claim that the organizations interests align solely with the interests of the big three rather than the industry as a whole, neglecting the young Canadian carriers.

When asked for comment CWTA representatives claimed to be surprised at the withdrawal and then in a professional lobbyist type move began to talk about initiatives that the CWTA engages in throughout  the Canadian community. Which is an obvious deflection that doesn’t address the criticisms directed towards them.

WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public mobile most likely have valid complaints as most lobbying groups tend to be controlled by the biggest wealthiest members, that can’t come as a surprise to anyone. They are trying to paint themselves as the little guys fighting for the consumer being steamrolled by the giant telcos. While the CWTA is playing it off as a competitive industry where disagreements are going to happen. We will probably never know the full story of what led to this but I am inclined to believe it wasn’t a battle over what is best for the consumer.

In an industry that isn’t exactly known to do what is in the consumers best interest the fragmentation of the major lobbying group may be a positive turn for consumers. If the three carriers leaving decide to form their own lobby group there will be another voice in discussions surrounding all things telecommunications in Canada and that could be either good or bad, we will have to wait and see.

Do you see this as a major development in Canadian telecommunications, either positive or negative?


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