New Request for Information highlights areas under investigation
September 28, 2021 – GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau
The Competition Bureau has issued a request for information (RFI) to help gather facts about Rogers’ proposed acquisition of Shaw.
The RFI – which highlights the areas of interest to the Bureau– invites market participants and Canadians to submit relevant information to assist the Bureau with its investigation.
The Bureau is investigating whether the proposed merger is likely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition for mobile wireless, wireline internet and broadcasting services – which are provided by both companies.
The Bureau is seeking information to further assess potential impacts on competition in the following areas:
- Mobile wireless services to consumers
- Consumer and small business internet services
- Fibre transport services
- The supply of programming to television providers (or Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings [BDUs])
- The provision of relay distribution services to BDUs
The Bureau encourages all those with relevant information to share this information with the Bureau by October 29, 2021. Any information shared with the Bureau will be kept confidential.
The Bureau is using all of the tools at its disposal to advance its investigation. This includes recently obtaining court orders requiring Xplornet, Bell, TELUS and Vidéotron to produce information related to mobile wireless services that is relevant to the Bureau’s investigation.
The Bureau’s review is ongoing and no conclusions have been made at this time.