Rogers asks federal government for a fair and level playing field in Canada's wireless sector

Rogers asks federal government for a fair and level playing field in Canada's 
wireless sector 
TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications is calling on the federal 
government to engage in an informed and constructive dialogue to ensure 
Canada's wireless sector remains competitive and world leading. 
Today's current rules give an unfair advantage to huge American players over 
Canadian incumbents who have invested billions to build Canada's wireless 
industry. Current spectrum auction rules mean they can purchase twice as much 
700 MHz spectrum as the Canadian incumbents with minimal network rollout 
"We share the government's goal of a competitive, world leading wireless 
sector," said Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers 
Communications. "Unfortunately the government's current policies have resulted 
in unintended consequences that allow massive foreign companies like Verizon 
to take advantage of loopholes and get special advantages over Canadian 
companies. We welcome competition, we're just asking for a fair and level 
playing field." 
Specifically we're asking the federal government to: 
1. Offer equal bidding rights in the 700 MHz auction - give Canadian 
 carriers the same rights as large foreign incumbents
  2. Create an open environment - if a Canadian wireless player seeks a 
 buyer, everyone should be able to bid
  3. Strengthen auction rollout requirements - ensure foreign carriers 
 invest and build a national network in rural areas 
This is a critical issue for Canada and Canadians. Canada's three established 
wireless carriers employ more than 280,000 Canadians in high value jobs and 
contribute more than $50 billion a year to our nation's economy. Additionally 
each year the three companies collectively give more than $130 million, in 
cash and in-kind, to make our communities stronger and more vibrant. 
Rogers and its Board of Directors have taken the unprecedented action of 
writing a joint letter to the Prime Minister of Canada expressing our concerns 
and requesting a meeting to further discuss this important issue. Rogers looks 
forward to meeting with the Prime Minister directly on this matter. 
"We're at a critical time in our industry," said Mohamed. "We believe it's 
essential to take a step back and make sure we have the right regulatory 
policy that will meet the current and future needs of Canadians while ensuring 
our sector is strong and vibrant for years to come. We look forward to having 
a constructive and informed dialogue on this issue." 
About Rogers 
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media 
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data 
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable 
television, high-speed Internet and telephony. Through Rogers Media we are 
engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines 
and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are 
publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on 
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).

SOURCE  Rogers Communications Inc. 
Media contact: 
Patricia Trott 
Director, Public Affairs Rogers Communications 
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