Rogers Fights Bundling in Canada


Canadian MSO Rogers Communications Inc. asked the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission to prevent phone companies from bundling video
and Internet services, Dow Jones reported.

Rogers wants the CRTC to ban offers that force customers to subscribe to
local residential telephone service and to ban discount packages that include
local telephony.

"Including a monopoly service in a bundle is anti-competitive," vice chairman
Phil Lind said in a release

"Competitive wireless, video or Internet providers cannot offer a similar
bundle to residential customers because of the phone companies' overwhelming
dominance of the local residential telephone market," he added. "Allowing a
monopoly service to be included would strengthen the monopoly by making it
harder for fledging local telephone competitors to attract customers."

Canada’s incumbent phone companies control 99.6% of the residential