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13 December 2005

Going Mobile - slowly

Full report from the CD Howe Insititute. Reasons why your cell phone is so expensive in Canada, and you can't find the array of options you can find around the world.

Going Mobile — Slowly: How Wireline Telephone Regulation Slows Cellular Network Development,” .... Most developed countries are already at, or rapidly moving toward, the point where cellular subscribers outnumber wireline subscribers. But Canada is an exception. Canada was the 26th among 30 OECD nations to introduce digital cellular, and is currently 28th in per capita cellular subscriptions. The authors argue that one of the main causes is “inappropriate regulatory policy” from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
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