"It's very hard to be competitive when you're selling yesterday's handsets on yesterday's network through a customer-service organization that's widely panned," said Carmi Levy, an independent technology and telecom analyst.
While the (failed privatization) deal's demise has devastated BCE's stock price, it has also let management refocus most of its attention on running the company once again.
"Once they shore themselves up ... I think they stand as good a chance as anyone else of overcoming the albatrosses that have been holding them back these last few years," Levy said.
Make no mistake: I believe what I said is fair and honest, and I'd say it again in a heartbeat. I just might have found a slightly friendlier way to say it.
The good news? I spent some alone-time with our daughter tonight. Her friend had invited her to a performance at her school - mind-blowingly professional, by the way - and we were privileged to be part of the experience despite the fact that I suspect we were the only non family members in the theatre.
There's something remarkably simple about spending an evening with your daughter. Makes the rest of life's silliness - and we have a bountiful harvest of it these days - seem irrelevant. Which they are.
Your turn: Simple pleasures. Please discuss.
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