Telus sure knows how to say thank you. The telecommunications company recently gave a loyal customer of two decades the surprise
The events of this week -- the introduction of a CRTC consumer wireless code and the Industry Canada decision to uphold its set-aside spectrum policy by killing the Telus -- Mobilicity deal -- point to the fact that this debate is now over in the minds of the government. Government telecom policy in 2006 was focused on deregulation and a hands-off, industry-led approach. Those days are long gone as the government has now adopted a consumer-focused, populist approach premised on the view that a public fight with the telecom companies is a political winner.
The federal government staved off attempts from Canada's big three wireless players to purchase financially-strapped Mobilicity
Telus says it has a $380-million deal to buy Mobilicity after it was approached by the indebted small telecom player looking