“Visit Canada and you’ll have an easier time finding BlackBerry devices — even Playbook tablets — out in the wild than you will Canadians who have anything nice to say about Rogers Communications and BCE, Inc. (formerly Bell Canada),” Rocco Pendola writes for TheStreet.
“If you think Americans hate cable companies, just talk to Canadians about Rogers and Bell. The duo doesn’t just control cable in Canada, they combine to control a bunch of other ubiquitous stuff — from wireless and landlines to any radio/television stations and programs that matter to the Toronto Maple Leafs, among other major sports teams, venues and more,” Pendola writes. “Take Comcast, combine it with DIRECTV, Verizon, Madison Square Garden and Clear Channel and you’ll be close to expressing a U.S. version of the loathed Rogers-Bell combo.”
“Or — minus cries of monopoly and duopoly — maybe we only need to look to Facebook,” Pendola writes. “They’re building just as evil an empire. And the last thing we should do is suggest Apple do anything that even resembles likewise.”
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