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Paul Beaudry
Paul Beaudry

Associate Researcher

Paul Beaudry is the Director of Development at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a research associate at the Montreal Economic Institute. Prior to joining the School of Public Policy, he practised competition law for five years in the Ottawa office of Stikeman Elliott LLP. Paul is a former senior policy adviser to the federal Minister of Industry. As such, he contributed to two landmark government decisions that modernized the telecommunications regulatory framework and accelerated the deregulation of local telephony. Mr. Beaudry holds a law degree from the University of Montreal.

Economic Note explaining how requiring providers to share their network with resellers could jeopardize investments in infrastructure
The Canadian government and the CRTC have adopted various policies over the past decade aimed at increasing the number of players in the wireless sector. Although such policies have had several negative consequences, there is today a well-established fourth wireless provider, owning its own infrastructure, in almost all regions of the country. Ottawa now wants to push this interventionist logic even further by favouring resellers (called Mobile Virtual Network Operators, or MVNOs, in telecom jargon). Would such a policy bring more competition to the telecommunications industry and the intended benefits to consumers?
9 November 2017November 9, 2017
The Globe and Mail, p. B4

Ottawa must not hold back the 4th industrial revolution.

22 May 2017May 22, 2017
Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition

The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), which will soon revolutionize every aspect of our economy and our lives, will force Ottawa to reconsider its telecommunications priorities and policies, argues the 2017 edition of The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry, published by the MEI.

4 May 2017May 4, 2017
www.cartt.ca, p. web

Discount wireless services providers and their use of the Big Three’ wireless network.

9 March 2017March 9, 2017

February 15, 2017 | 16 min. 16 sec. | L'actuel (Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Paul Beaudry, Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the acquisition of MTS by BCE in Manitoba and its impact.

15 February 2017February 15, 2017
The Globe and Mail, p. B4

The state of Canada’s broadband market.

9 January 2017January 9, 2017
The Globe and Mail, p. B4

Publication of a Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition.

11 May 2016May 11, 2016
National Post, p. FP11

Publication of a Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition.

5 May 2016May 5, 2016
Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition

The federal government and the CRTC should not repeat the mistakes of recent years by intervening in the broadband sector as they have in the wireless sector, argues the MEI in the 2016 edition of a Research Paper entitled The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry. The Paper notes that 96% of Canadian households already had access to download speeds of 5 Mbps in 2014, with 77% of households subscribing to such a service, a trend that has shown strong growth in recent years.

5 May 2016May 5, 2016
National Post, p. FP07

The federal Liberal government’s vision of a new “Innovation Agenda.”

9 March 2016March 9, 2016

May 7, 2015 | 17 min. | The Tommy Schnurmacher Show (CJAD 800)

Interview with Paul Beaudry, Associate Researcher at the MEI, on various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition.

Related links: The State of Competition in Canada's Telecommunications Industry - 2015 / Tommy Schnurmacher Show on SoundCloud

7 May 2015May 7, 2015
National Post, p. FP11

Ottawa's interventions in the telecommunications sector.

7 May 2015May 7, 2015
Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition

The numerous interventions carried out by the federal government to encourage the establishment of a 4th wireless telephony player across the country will hurt consumers by undermining innovation in this industry. This is all the more worrisome given that important technological revolutions are in the works that will require billions of dollars of investments from the country’s telecommunications companies. This is one of the conclusions of the 2015 edition of The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry.

7 May 2015May 7, 2015
Viewpoint explaining that the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector does not justify more interventionist measures

There are several myths going around regarding the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector. According to critics, the lack of competition compared to other industrialized countries means that Canadians are among those who pay the most for their services ‒ services, moreover, that are of poor quality. The MEI recently delved into this subject in some detail. As a new round of CRTC hearings begins, during which wholesale roaming fees will be debated, we are revisiting the matter briefly in order to contribute to a more balanced debate.

29 September 2014September 29, 2014
National Post, p. FP11

Various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition.

7 May 2014May 7, 2014
Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition

To the detriment of consumers across the country, the federal government has been encouraging artificial competition in the telecommunications industry for the past seven years. Fixated on the goal of promoting the emergence of a fourth wireless carrier in each of Canada's regional markets, the government has lost sight of the ultimate goal of promoting the development of a dynamic, efficient industry, according to this Research Paper.

6 May 2014May 6, 2014
National Post, p. FP15

The Canadian telecommunications policy.

29 March 2011March 29, 2011
National Post, p. FP11

The Canadian telecommunications policy.

8 March 2011March 8, 2011

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