WINNIPEG – Manitobans have a lot of questions when it comes to Bell’s takeover of MTS.
A new survey shows three-quarters of us think Bell will cap data plans and over half think their bills will go up.
The study was done for the Consumers Association of Canada. Gloria Desorcy of their Manitoba branch says consumers are worried about losing their Manitoba advantage.
“We have had the good fortune to have lower rates in Manitoba than the national average. We’ve had four competitors in this province and losing one of those could make change. That’s something that consumers are concerned about.”
One of the key themes of the study, according to Desorcy, was a general uncertainty about what is going to happen. She says people want answers.
“What consumers are doing is looking at the other jurisdictions where Bell is a more major player, and looking at what we’re seeing in those areas, what we’re seeing for rates, for caps and also for innovation.”
Bell wants to buy MTS for nearly $4-billion but the deal is still pending approval. Part of the process allows for consumer feedback. You can share your concerns about the deal on the Competition Bureau’s website.