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1. The Telecommunications Act should continue to recognize that telecommunications, unlike most other goods and services, plays a critical and essential role in maintaining the social and economic fabric of Canada and in ensuring the well-being of Canadians;
2. In particular, the following policy objectives currently set out in the Telecommunications Act are fundamentally important and should remain the guiding principles of Canadian telecommunications policy:
3. Market forces should be relied upon for the achievement of policy objectives only where they have proven to be effective and efficient in doing so;
4. Government and regulatory intervention is needed to ensure that Canadians of all income levels and in all regions of the country, including those with disabilities, have access to good quality, reliable, and functional telecommunications services at affordable and reasonable prices;
5. Sector-specific regulatory intervention is needed to ensure that Canadians have access to effective enforcement and redress mechanisms, and are not held responsible for
telecommunications fraud that they cannot control;
6. Regulatory intervention should be designed to prevent the degradation of telecommunications service quality, affordability, availability, and reliability, rather than to respond to such policy failures only after they have developed;
7. Direct government intervention is needed to ensure not only that all communities in Canada have access to broadband services, but also that Canadians have the knowledge and means to make effective use of those services;
8. Proposals for regulatory reform from self-interested industry players should be carefully scrutinized from a public interest perspective keeping in mind that they are driven by private motives rather than public interest goals; and
9. Any reforms to the Telecommunications Act be subject to a full public review, five years after they have been adopted.sceration of the Telecommunications Act and radical deregulation of telecommunications, so as to remove critical social policy and consumer protection goals of the Act and related functions of the CRTC;
If you are in agreement, signify your acceptance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly indicating that you wish to sign, and providing your name, address, and affiliation (if any). If an organization is signing on, please provide the name of the organization as well as the name and contact information for the head of the organization. Put “Telecom Declaration” in the subject line. We will post the list of signatories on our website, and will send the Declaration + signatories to the Telecom Policy Review Panel, as well as to the Minister of Industry and to the Prime Minister.
Si vous êtes d’accord, veuillez nous le signifier en envoyant un courriel à email@example.com. Veuillez indiquer clairement que vous désirez signer, en indiquant vos nom, adresse et affiliation (s’il y a lieu). S’il s’agit d’une organisation, veuillez fournir le nom de celle-ci, ainsi que le nom et les coordonnées de la personne-ressource. Inscrivez qu’il s’agit de la Déclaration sur les télécommunications comme objet du message. Nous afficherons en ligne la liste des signataires et nous enverrons ensuite la Déclaration accompagnée de la liste des signataires au Groupe d’étude sur le cadre réglementaire des télécommunications, ainsi qu’au ministre de l’Industrie et au Premier ministre.