Ben Klass’ reply to Cope is getting some attention

From the Wire Report on Wednesday …


Blog post replying to Cope gets 60,000 views

Published: Wednesday, 08/07/2013 4:30 pm EDT

Benjamin Klass, who penned a blog post replying to George Cope’s open letter about the Conservative government’s wireless policies, said his post has received about 60,000 views, with 7,500 shares on Facebook and 300 on Twitter.

Klass published the blog post, entitled “I am Canadian, A reply to Bell’s open letter” on Aug. 3. It responded to the BCE Inc. chief executive’s open letter to Canadians about wireless policies favouring a foreign owned company, possibly U.S. giant Verizon Communications Inc., entering Canada’s wireless market.

“The ‘critical situation’ I face comes every month, when I open my wireless bill wondering whether I’ll be able to afford to pay it,” Klass concluded in the post, in which he challenged the arguments of the incumbents about an unfair playing field, particularly in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction.

“Your company, along with Canada’s other major wireless providers, have had 30 years to address this situation. But you’ve failed. Posting huge profits and paying dividends year after year might satisfy your shareholders, but individual Canadians and their families are being hung out to dry. It’s time for a change,” wrote Klass, who is studying the historical development of telecommunications in Canada at the University of Manitoba’s department of political studies.

Klass said in a phone interview Wednesday that he “only ever tweeted it once,” and that he was appearing on CBC Television on Wednesday to discuss the issue. He said he hasn’t had any official responses from incumbents BCE, Telus Corp. or Rogers Communications Inc.

The incumbents have been campaigning against the government’s wireless rules, arguing they will lead to the loss of Canadian jobs and give a large American company advantages over them.