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The T-Mobile store sign is seen in Broomfield, Colorado in this file photo taken February 25, 2014. In 2011, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice’s anti-trust division blocked AT&T Inc.’s attempted purchase of smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., a combination that would have shrunk the American wireless market to three big players from four. The government’s decision created a monster.
The T-Mobile store sign is seen in Broomfield, Colorado in this file photo taken February 25, 2014. In 2011, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice’s anti-trust division blocked AT&T Inc.’s attempted purchase of smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., a combination that would have shrunk the American wireless market to three big players from four. The government’s decision created a monster.
(RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

U.S. telecom regime provides strong model for Ottawa

Think a heavy-handed government agency is bad for competition? Take a look at the U.S. wireless industry, which has become one of the most consumer-friendly markets on earth because Washington short-circuited the impulses of the U.S.’s profit-seeking telecommunications executives. Ottawa, which has struggled mightily to germinate a competitor for Canada’s Big Three telecoms companies, should study the U.S. situation closely for inspiration.