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A man walks by a Rogers store in Toronto, Wednesday, August 15, 2013.
A man walks by a Rogers store in Toronto, Wednesday, August 15, 2013.
(Galit Rodan/CP)

Will pick-and-pay hurt cable firms’ bottom lines?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was clearly in a populist mood ahead of Wednesday’s Throne Speech, outlining a consumer-friendly agenda that provides some rare inconvenience for Canada’s telecommunications oligopoly.

Using Rogers Communications Inc. as an example, however, it’s clear that the government’s plan to legislate the unbundling of cable television channels will do little to dent profitability for domestic telecoms.