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Rogers to Acquire Shaw Spectrum
Spectrum Government Didn't Let Them Buy at Auction
by Karl Bode 05:30PM Tuesday Jan 15 2013
Thane_Bitter See Profile writes in to note that Rogers has not only acquired one of Shaw's cable subsidiaries, but will also be acquiring Shaw's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) licenses as part of a massive, $700 million deal. "It should be noted that Rogers was barred from participating in the auction for that wireless band because Industry Canada felt they already had too much of an advantage in the market," says the user. Shaw had acquired the spectrum in Canada's 2008 AWS auction for $189.5-million before deciding to focus on Wi-Fi.

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bklass
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join:2012-02-06
Canada
kudos:2

Competition?

Just another example of cable companies in Canada "competing" with each other.

Rogers and Shaw already stay out of each other's territory, splitting Canada East/West for wireline services.
dan mackay

join:2008-10-11
Barrie, ON

Re: Competition?

so, how long till source is bought out by cogeco or robbers :P

andyb
Premium
join:2003-05-29
SW Ontario
kudos:1

Re: Competition?

You mean "The Source" the old radio shack? Bell owns that
dan mackay

join:2008-10-11
Barrie, ON

Re: Competition?

said by andyb:

You mean "The Source" the old radio shack? Bell owns that

Source Cable, think about it, this is about the shaw area in hamilton thats being talked about right :P

LazMan
Premium
join:2003-03-26
canada
You mean Rogers or Rogers... Don't forget Roger's owns about a 40% stake in Cogeco.
Beans

join:2005-07-16
united state

Rogers

Isn't Rogers AT&T, but in Canada?
yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
kudos:2

Re: Rogers

said by Beans:

Isn't Rogers AT&T, but in Canada?

No, AT&T used to own a portion of wireless operations in Canada, but Rogers acquired whatever AT&T had up here.

Guspaz
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Montreal, QC
kudos:22

Re: Rogers

From a historical standpoint, AT&T once held a minority stake in what is now Rogers Wireless, hence why it had been known at various points as "Cantel AT&T", "Rogers Cantel AT&T", and "Rogers AT&T Wireless". There is no longer any such connection.

From a functional (and also historical) standpoint, Bell Canada would be the closest equivalent to AT&T in Canada, especially since Bell Canada was once considered to be part of the Bell System as a Regional Operating Company. It was only a partial ownership (peaked at 49% in 1885), but both AT&T and Bell Canada spawned from Alexander Graham Bell's original telephone patents (the US and Canadian versions of the patents respectively).
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Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT
said by Beans:

Isn't Rogers AT&T, but in Canada?

I always thought it was Bell.

Dustyn
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join:2003-02-26
Ontario, CAN
kudos:10

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Robbers

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GrandPaFD

@shawcable.net

Great news....

can now watch my internet bill increase in cost!
MaynardKrebs
Premium
join:2009-06-17
kudos:4

Re: Great news....

said by GrandPaFD :

can now watch my internet bill increase in cost!

Yes. But don't watch it too closely or you'll quickly go over your monthly 'cap'.

RARPSL

join:1999-12-08
Suffern, NY

Why are they being allowed to keep the licenses?

"It should be noted that Rogers was barred from participating in the auction for that wireless band because Industry Canada felt they already had too much of an advantage in the market".

Given this ban, why are they not being required to divest themself of the Shaw licenses as part of the approval of the deal. It looks like Industry Canada is falling down on the job here or has been paid off to look the other way.

MJB

join:2012-01-29
Reviews:
·VMedia
·ACN DSL

Re: Why are they being allowed to keep the licenses?

They should be stopped before they purchase all the independent isp's. Switch and stop their profits from rising. No subscribers, no chance of takeover of certain companies (tech - isp). Speed increase is useless without data cap increase. Like getting a fast car and driving on a 2 kilometer length freeway. Enough is enough.
yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
kudos:2
said by RARPSL:

Given this ban, why are they not being required to divest themself of the Shaw licenses as part of the approval of the deal. It looks like Industry Canada is falling down on the job here or has been paid off to look the other way.

The deal hasn't gone through yet. It is still subject to approval from the competition bureau, crtc and industry canada which isn't likely to happen until next year.

MJB

join:2012-01-29
Reviews:
·VMedia
·ACN DSL
They should be stopped before they purchase all the independent isp's. Switch and stop their profits from rising. No subscribers, no chance of takeover of certain companies (tech - isp). Speed increase is useless without data cap increase. Like getting a fast car and driving on a 2 kilometer length freeway. Enough is enough.
kevinds

join:2003-05-01
Calgary, AB
kudos:2

Re: Why are they being allowed to keep the licenses?

If customers are switching to a competing independent ISP, and they loose enough customers, they'll buy the indepenent...
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StopRobbers

@shawcable.net

Deal not good for us

This deal should not be allowed to happen.
bisk

join:2002-06-15
Binbrook, ON

Please don't let this happen!

Shaw has greatly improved the old Mountain Cable service. Their prices and available plans are light years better than anything that Rogers offers.
simon726

join:2006-12-21
Ajax, ON

Cogeco should have acquired Mountain Cablevision...

Cogeco should have bought Mountain Cablevision - at the first place! That way, it'll keep Shaw out of the backyard!