Telus asks for ban on exclusive mobile TV distribution

Telus, Canada’s third-largest wireless phone company, is asking the country’s broadcast regulator to ensure rivals can’t distribute television content exclusively to their mobile subscribers.

Telus is using public hearings that began this week into Shaw’s $1.9 billion purchase of Canwest Global Communications’s television assets to argue against content exclusivity.

Telus, which competes with Shaw and BCE Inc., said it wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to impose “unequivocal and enforceable rules” to stop Shaw from engaging in “abuse of market power,” according to a filing with the regulator.

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