Every year, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) publishes a report seeking to prove that Canada’s telecommunications industry compares favorably with other jurisdictions.
Throughout its analysis, the MEI simply places too great a premium on having the latest and greatest technology. Consumers care far more about getting a fair price and high usage allowance. Allowing telecommunications carriers to exercise their market power sacrifices what consumers care about most for luxury options they would happily do without.
When a customer of Tello Mobile (a US wireless service provider) roams in Canada, they pay 3¢/minute for calls and 1¢/SMS. Plus, the customer does not have to top-up their account to keep it from expiring. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) have filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today seeking to address this gap in the Canadian market.
Home internet consumers will be better protected under today's changes by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to the competitor quality of service regime.
Visa Canada and MasterCard Canada recently announced agreements that will eventually allow merchants to impose checkout fees or surcharges on credit card transactions. This post explores a few of the possible implications for Canadian consumers.
A number of securities regulators in Canada are backing away from discussions to introduce a regulatory best interest standard. PIAC believes it is time to demand leadership on this issue from another source-the Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa.
PIAC Executive Director and General Counsel John Lawford explains the CRTC’s decision to disallow Vidéotron’s “Unlimited Music” offer and effectively most similar “differential pricing” or “zero-rating” deals.
Mr. Lawford notes that under Canadian telecommunications law, Internet Service Providers must follow the principle of non-discrimination.
The CRTC was merely upholding the law; Internet Service Providers are subject to common carriage rules and must effectively transfer all data, to all persons, equally.