TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is calling on the Minister of Innovation François-Philippe Champagne to block the proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc. In a Tuesday news release, the Ontario-based independent telecom said approval of the merger would lead to rate-fixing and higher prices. The Competition Tribunal dismissed an application by the Competition Bureau to disallow the deal late last month. TekSavvy is particularly distressed by revelations at the Tribunal hearing in which Rogers said it would rent its broadband network to Quebecor Inc. subsidiary Videotron. Videotron wishes to buy Freedom Mobile from Shaw and would operate as the fourth wireless carrier in the nation. TekSavvy maintains the rates Rogers is offering Videotron are lower than what other ISPs pay. “After successfully lobbying the minister to impose ruinous regulated rates on smaller competitors, these massive companies now want to carve up the market and fix rates among themselves,” TekSavvy spokesperson Peter Nowak said in the release. “Minister Champagne must block this anticompetitive deal–or they will soon squeeze out remaining ISPs and hike consumer prices even higher.” The Bureau is currently appealing the Tribunal decision. The Federal Court of Appeal will hear the case on Jan. 24.