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Industry committee  Well, we wouldn't make that leap. I think you're connecting a variety of things that we would not connect together. For example, you can buy an unlimited wireless plan for $75. In fact, during promotional periods, it's substantially less, and that's available to any Canadian who

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  For an unlimited wireless package, and if you move toward what we've done on the wire-line side....

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  We have plans that are much less expensive than that but still have large buckets where you can do almost anything. Again, usage in Canada averages three gigabytes on the wireless side, and so packages of 10 offer you threefold. You can buy three gigabyte packages at substantial

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  We've already done it. Over the last several years, our fees have dropped by that much. As well, on the wire-line side, if you're in one of these communities that is in need, you can buy services from Rogers at $10 a month for unlimited connectivity on—

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  We have reduced it by the amount I just said.

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  I can't tell you exactly off the top of my head, I'm afraid, what's happening with our cost structure. It is obviously up, but a precise answer wouldn't happen today. Let me just address your first comment, if I could.

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  Yes. We've also removed our guidance for the year that tells what we think is going to happen.

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  We've seen success, frankly, in several jurisdictions across the country. We've had success in B.C. and in Ontario as well, but it's a complicated process where they don't typically work as well together, so there's a lot of room to improve.

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  It's exactly the same. Very much, the deployment of telecom is a very physical business. You're ripping up roads and you're attaching towers, and all of that activity takes licensing, permitting and a whole bunch of processes through not just municipal authorities but others as w

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  We do, and we have cut our costs dramatically for wireless or fixed wireless, obviously on the mobile network, such that those charges are down substantially in bigger buckets of 50 gigabits. We recognize this issue. For example, as I mentioned in my opening remarks, we've offer

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  Yes, it's exactly the same for Rogers. Obviously, we'll play that by ear as we see what's happening in the environment around the pandemic and of course with the economy.

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  The general principle is simply that it should not be below cost. I think everybody would understand that. It should generate some form of reasonable level of return for those who made the investment to put that network and infrastructure in place.

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  Interestingly, we never talk about the cost per unit. The cost per unit is actually falling rapidly. What's happening in Canada, as the other witness just said, is that costs are rising and the unit usage is rising, yet our price per unit has been falling rapidly. This is typical

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  Fundamentally, telecom is an industry that needs density. The economics of telecom are very simple: The more people you have in an area, the less costly and the easier it is to serve them, period, full stop. That plays out in a country of our size, with such low density. It makes

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost

Industry committee  Maybe I could give a little bit of context. We're focused on the 5G space, which, as you know, is new technology being deployed across the world now for wireless, bringing speeds and capacities and coverage that we haven't seen prior. We've been using that as an anchor point for

May 14th, 2020Committee meeting

Dean Prevost