Safeguards can’t justify Rogers-Shaw merger: Bell to CRTC

No amount of proposed remedies will undo the damage of Rogers Communications Inc. gaining 47 per cent of the English-language broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) market, according to representatives of BCE Inc., who Thursday asked CRTC commissioners not to approve their chief competitor’s proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc.

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Bell subsidiary says resources to implement local competition in Que. area scarce, even for incumbent, justifying 5-month delay

A BCE Inc. subsidiary told the CRTC that approving a five-month period for it to implement local competition in the low-density market of Upton, Que., is reasonable, considering the commission approved the same time frame for the company three years ago when Telus Corp. also requested to enter one of its markets.

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Rogers-Shaw merger will result in content exclusivity, “force” consumer to switch services: Telus

Telus Corp. executives told the CTRC that if the commission approves its acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.‘s broadcasting assets,   Rogers Communications Inc. will gain the scale to buy exclusive access to foreign content. Rogers could use that exclusivity to benefit their distribution business at the expense of their competitors and consumers.

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CPAC doesn’t see undue influence on its operations if Rogers-Shaw merger approved, giving incumbent majority shares

Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. (CPAC) is bringing forward an amendment at its annual general meeting that a majority of shareholders are required to approve any shareholder matter, including the appointment of auditors,  in the “interest of equity and fairness at the board level” if the merger between Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. is approved. It also told the commission that it would prefer if the two companies consolidate their shareholdings in CPAC at the close of the transaction, if approved.

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