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Martin Masse
Martin Masse

Senior Writer and Editor

Martin Masse is a graduate of McGill University in Political Science and East Asian Studies. He is the author of a book on Quebec politics and of several articles in various publications on economic, political and philosophical issues. He was MEI's Director of Research and Publications from 2000 to 2007. He also served as political advisor to Canadian Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, in particular on issues relating to the Canadian telecom industry.

mmasse (@iedm.org) / 514-273-0969 (ext. 2223)
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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
National Post, p. FP11
How to create more competition in the wireless sector.
24 October 2017October 24, 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
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

May 6, 2016 | 10 min. | Ce matin en Beauce (COOL-FM)

Interview (in French) with Martin Masse, Senior Writer and Editor at the MEI, on the Canadian Telecommunications Industry (starting at 02:20).

Link of interest: The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry – 2016

6 May 2016May 6, 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

May 2, 2016 | 5 min. 18 sec. | L'heure du monde (Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Martin Masse, Senior Writer and Editor at the MEI, on BCE Inc.’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.

2 May 2016May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 | 7 min. 12 sec. | Midi plus/Manitoba (Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Martin Masse, Senior Writer and Editor at the MEI, on BCE Inc.’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.

2 May 2016May 2, 2016
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
Le Devoir, p. 14

Portrait of Mario Vargas Llosa.

17 January 2015January 17, 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
Le Devoir, p. B6

Publication of a booklet on the economic and political thought of Milton Friedman.

21 January 2012January 21, 2012
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
National Post, p. FP-11

The impact of a recent CRTC decision.

9 September 2010September 9, 2010
Economic Note on the negative effects the tax load has on the Canadian airline industry

The airline industry has gone through plenty of turbulence over the last few years. Following a period of crisis caused by an economic slowdown in the United States and amplified by the attacks of 9/11, the SARS epidemic and the war in Iraq, air traffic began growing again in 2004. The airline sector remains fragile, however, and a jump in oil prices or new terrorist attacks could set things back again. Moreover, the high tax burden that Canadian air carriers are forced to bear compared to their U.S. rivals threatens their competitive position in a context of growing liberalization of airline markets.

22 November 2006November 22, 2006
www.cyberpresse.ca, p. Web
The Autoroute 25 extension project is a profitable one.
3 October 2006October 3, 2006
Le Devoir, p. A-7
The Autoroute 25 extension project is a profitable one.
3 October 2006October 3, 2006
Document inventorying all the taxes paid by Quebec’s taxpayers

Établir une liste des impôts est une tâche complexe non seulement à cause des problèmes méthodologiques et à cause de la prolifération des prélèvements de toutes sortes, mais également à cause d’une raison typologique. Des prélèvements à taux différents (TVQ générale et TVQ sur les véhicules hybrides, taxe sur les spiritueux artisanaux et non artisanaux, multiples exceptions à l’imposition des gains de capitaux, etc.) sur une matière fiscale qui peut sembler homogène constituent-ils un seul ou plusieurs impôts? C’est une question indécidable qui, à elle seule, rendrait impossible de dresser une liste littéralement «exhaustive» des impôts dans toute leur diversité (ou leur fouillis).

4 September 2006September 4, 2006

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