Consumer groups file petition to overturn Rogers-Shaw CRTC approval

Two consumer groups have filed a petition asking the federal cabinet to “overturn” the CRTC’s decision to approve the transfer of broadcasting services from Shaw Communications Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.

Two consumer groups have filed a petition asking the federal cabinet to “overturn” the CRTC’s decision to approve the transfer of broadcasting services from Shaw Communications Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.

The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC) and the National Pensioners Federation argue that the CRTC’s decision will lead to “significant price increases” for television services.

The CRTC approved the transfer of Shaw’s broadcasting assets in March as part of the regulatory process for the impending takeover of Shaw by Rogers.

John Lawford, executive director of PIAC, says the CRTC has failed to impose enforceable conditions to protect the affordability of television services for consumers.

The groups have particularly raised concerns about potential price increases for Shaw customers who only subscribe to cable or satellite TV, and note that seniors are particularly concerned about the higher costs.

The petition comes as Rogers and Shaw await regulatory approval from the Competition Bureau and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 27, 2022.

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