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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NEWS BUSINESS

Verizon’s dropped call leaves Tories on hunt for new phone fix U.S. firm says it won’t be Canada’s fourth major wireless carrier JEFF NAGEL Black Press U.S. wireless giant Verizon’s declaration it’s not interested in entering the Canadian market appears to have dashed consumer hopes for cheaper cellphone rates and left Ottawa seeking a new white knight to inject more competition. “Verizon is not going to Canada,” CEO Lowell McAdam told Bloomberg Monday, adding speculation that it would was “way overblown.” Some analysts had predicted Verizon would take a long, slow approach to any move to buy one or more of the junior Canadian wireless companies that

have struggled against the country’s big three dominant telecom firms. If the biggest U.S. telco has abandoned a northern venture – and isn’t merely playing a waiting game to gain maximum advantage –  it sends the federal government back to the drawing board on how to engineer the improved competition it has said is required. “It leaves us back where we started in the swamp with no solution,” SFU business and marketing professor Lindsay Meredith said. The status quo is exactly what Telus, Bell Canada and Rogers want, he said, but a fierce public relations battle waged this

Lindsay Meridith summer by the big three and Ottawa means the issue is unlikely to go away. Nor, Meredith predicted, is public demand for reform and dissatisfaction with high mobile rates. Up in the air is what happens in an auction of

wireless spectrum set for January, which had been dangled by Ottawa as a lure for a new foreign entrant, who presumably would buy a small firm like Wind Mobile or Mobilicity. “The only scenario that could possibly unbalance things is for somebody with a lot of money to come in and start backing those little guys,” Meredith said. “I’d call Vodafone. I’d keep the heat on.” Vodafone is the British wireless firm that is selling its U.S. interests to Verizon for $130 billion. Verizon’s McAdam said the deal wasn’t a factor in its decision against coming to Canada.

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Northern Health is hosting two master planning community meetings with Chief Operating Officer Michael McMillan. Members of the public will be provided an update on planning work for the future space needs of health services in Quesnel.

September 10, 2013 Sessions: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: Quesnel Seniors’ Centre 461 Carson Avenue Quesnel, B.C. For more information, please contact: Julie Nygaard Administrative Assistant Northern Health Tel: 250.985.5617

But he said the “relatively quiet” Harper government didn’t push the issue of unfair pricing hard enough and allowed the telecom firms to recover from what had seemed a winning cause for the Tories. Most resonant for the telcos, he said, were their claims that Verizon price gouges in the U.S. and that it would unfairly tap into Canadian-built infrastructure, while Canadian firms don’t have the same access to U.S. networks. “The telcos were making ground on the issue without even talking about pricing,” Meredith said. “The other side did bugger all from a strategic marketing standpoint.”

20th Annual Quesnel Women’s Fall Challenge

the northern way of caring

Master Planning Community Information Sessions

Industry Minister James Moore has said the federal government’s policy will be good for consumers, regardless of whether Verizon comes north. Meredith said there was no guarantee Verizon – which wouldn’t have been able to bundle wireless with home phone or TV services – would have offered the cut-rate prices telco-hating Canadians had dreamed about. He noted U.S. retailer Target arrived this year, but not with lower U.S. pricing. But he said Canadians “finally” got a real debate on the issue, crediting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to push for change.

2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Half Marathon, 10 km walk or run, 5 km walk or run Ages 6 and up Start: from the Dragon Lake boat launch

Time: 8:30 am for ½ Marathon, 9:00 am for 5 and 10 km Race Package pick-up:

Saturday October 5, 3:00-6:00 Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre Late pick-up (race day): Dragon Lake Elementary School

Entry fee: (for walk or run event only)

early: before September 22 - $25 regular: September 23 – October 4 - $30 late: October 5, 6 - $40

Event shirts: (order deadline Sept 22)

short-sleeved cotton tee, short-sleeved wick, long –sleeved wick jacket See them online or try them at the Rec Centre

Post Race Celebration: (lunch and awards) - $15 Proudly supporting the GR Baker Memorial Hospital Mammography Unit

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