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Commentary: Less regulation key to Canada becoming a leader in the digital economy

News | 01/13/2010 6:19 pm EST

The debate around Canadian rules governing foreign ownership and control in the telecom sector has been reignited by the federal government’s recent decision which allowed mobile services provider Globalive to enter the Canadian market, overruling a CRTC determination that the company is not under Canadian control. The government’s action highlights the fact that Canada has long been criticized for having amongst the most restrictive rules in the world and raises questions about the need for greater liberalization of the existing restrictions.

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