Google is asking Ottawa to make it easier to set up a rival to Bell, Rogers and Telus

Google is pushing for changes to federal rules that would make it easier to set up a telecommunications service in Canada rivalling Bell, Rogers and Telus. 

In a submission to a government-appointed panel reviewing the country’s broadcasting and telecommunications laws, Google is calling for changes to allow the expansion of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). Such carriers do not have their own infrastructure or spectrum, but operate both via Wi-Fi networks and on existing wireless networks by buying access at wholesale prices. 

Google’s support for the policy changes comes as the tech giant is reportedly in discussions to set up a fourth mobile carrier in the U.S., and as Canada’s telecom regulator is considering a policy change that would make it easier for MVNOs to enter the market.

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