A common point that arises during the "bash Bell Canada" debate (otherwise known as the Net Neutrality debate), is this,
The problem is that Bell didn't build a lot of that infrastructure on their own. It was taxpayer subsidized, and thus rules were in place to require that it be shared for competitive purposes.
My understanding is that Bell was a successful, but heavily regulated, private enterprise. It was not a public Crown Corporation, nor did it appear to be heavily subsidized. The investments that it made in infrastructure in Canada it did out of its own pockets.
Does anyone know (and have proof) of federal or provincial subsidizing of Bell's infrastructure? If found, contrast with the heavy subsidizing of Bombardier or recently of the Auto sector... (by which point I mean just because its subsidized, it doesn't mean that we the taxpayers have rights to the product, otherwise we'd all have new cars and personal planes.)