If you are an American, there are few items that should be on your bucket list of things to experience before you expire. Of course, everyone has different goals in life and some things are quite common, like having children or running a marathon and others are, well… not really topics we need to delve into here at the WhichVoIP blog. I think it is safe to say that most people have at least one goal that is related to travel.
I would strongly suggest that visiting Canada is part of this list. Depending on your location in the US, there are many great tourist cities located merely hours past the American-Canadian border. With the exception of Quebec City, Quebec in the eastern part of the country, most Canadians speak English as a first language so learning French as second language isn’t necessary. Actually, about a third of the population are bi-lingual so if you live in the New England area and want to visit a nearby Canadian city with beautiful architecture, you shouldn’t have a problem communicating with the local populous.
With that said, there are few to keep in mind when speaking with Canadians on home turf. Don’t insult hockey, unless you want to see an otherwise polite Canadian become hostile. Curling is a sport so watch, learn and keep you opinions to yourself like you do in America when a sport you don’t find too thrilling appears on TV. Most Canadians know about Dunkin Donuts and if they don’t, conversation about how you think it stacks against Tim Hortons isn’t very engaging.
Telecom as conversation
Yes, that’s right. Anytime you go somewhere people want to talk telecom. It is all the rage, filling up Twitter and Facebook feeds for everyone the world over!
Realistically, the subject isn’t of high interest for the masses, but certain topics in communication are subjects on the matter do attract mass interest. Who is your service provider? How much do you pay? Android or iPhone? What apps do you use? Virtually everyone that lives in a mostly free market will have an opinion on these matters.
In particular, Canadians have become painfully aware they pay far too much for cellular service when compared to the rest of the world. Many of Canada’s citizens have complained for a long time that the shared monopoly between Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., Rogers Communications and Telus Corporation are a pain in the pocket book for consumers. The notorious poor service is also a sore spot, especially considering the exorbitant service prices.
As Verizon figuratively stands at the Canadian border, peering into windows of the telecommunications one has taken notice of the bystander. The Canadian capital, Ottawa, has ready to welcome the provider into their marketplace with open arms. Of course, the big three are not happy and are planning on taking action.
So what could they be scheming to take down the American mobile provider titan? Obviously, the public remains somewhat apathetic to cries of the big guys which currently dominate the market, as pointed out by Reuters in a recent release. Because of this, the three major Telcos are taking a tactical approach in turning public opinion against Verizon. They’re demonizing the service by utilizing the controversy surrounding the NSA scandal.
Conjuring a plot
In order to best sway the opinion of the public, drastic measures usually need to be taken to grasp the attention of an audience. Most often, emotion is where a successful campaign will find its roots. Though it has to yet to be confirmed, the fact that Verizon was specifically mentioned by the documents produced by whistleblower Edward Snowden will likely come into play.
By making the Canadians think that America will be spying on their communications and by placing Verizon at the helm of the operation, will likely instill an action by the public to keep the company out of Canada. No one likes the idea of someone watching them. Especially when the perpetrator is a foreign government, painting the insertion of the largest telecom as a contrived plot will likely stir up some controversy.
However, it should be known that most government agencies have the ability to obtain records of communication data at will. Many kinds of communications transgress borders too. If you paid attention to the information to the information released by the press about the NSA controversy, certain details have already been implied that such an event really would not matter.
Much of the information that is relayed around the world passes through North America. It is cheapest to transfer communication through North America because of high capacity channels and as such, much information already passes through the United States. Telecom companies lease unused lines for this process to occur so those that are concerned Verizon will be the key to capturing Canadian data packets should know that it may already be too late to prevent such from happening.
Hopefully, this is not the sole reason for Verizon’s inability to enter Canada should this be the end result. Verizon could change the game. As long as Verizon stays out of the politics that the major Telcos practice, consumers could soon enjoy fairer pricing. By the way, don’t forget to take a look at our Canadian VoIP page for some other options for your telecommunication needs, there are many smaller players to consider!