Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), ACORN Canada (ACORN) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) today jointly filed an application to review and vary the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) “Review of basic telecommunications” decision to reconsider a fund to ensure all Canadians, including lower-income Canadians, have equal access to broadband and other telecommunications services.
“The CRTC missed a crucial opportunity to level the playing field so that all Canadians, regardless of their socio-economic status, can have access to the same standard of internet and telephone service that the CRTC said all must have”, said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel at PIAC. “We must ask, therefore, on behalf of Canada’s least well-off, for the CRTC to use their mandate and authority to create an affordability fund.”
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
"This Budget is a cruel joke for low-income Canadians struggling to afford broadband internet for education, health, employment and other key services," said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel of PIAC. "Acknowledging such a fundamental problem with a token amount and having the gall to call it an 'Affordable Access program' is insulting," he added.
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Tomorrow is World Consumer Rights Day 2017, Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust. Organized by Consumers International, of which PIAC is a member, this year’s WCRD theme is consumer digital rights, including one of four key digital issues—“access and choice” to high-speed internet. Broadband access, however, is almost impossible to discuss without addressing the affordability of broadband internet. At PIAC, we ask, “How do we build a digital world that is affordable for everyone?”
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Consumers’ Association of Canada (CAC) reacted to a consent order filed with the Competition Tribunal today by The Commissioner of Competition, BCE Inc (Bell), and Xplornet Communications Inc. (Xplornet) permitting the acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) by BCE, subject to certain divestitures and conditions.
“Manitoba consumers are the guinea pigs in this cellphone market experiment,” said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel at PIAC.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
“The CRTC seized an important opportunity to make sure all Canadians, regardless of where they live can have access to the same standard of internet service that most Canadians already have”, said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel at PIAC. “Although we believe more work is needed to address affordability, we are hopeful the CRTC’s submissions on affordability to the federal government, and its commitment to monitoring affordability, will eventually result in more support for low-income Canadians.”
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Exempting some entrants from data caps hurts innovation and competition and ultimately, all consumers.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
PIAC outlines the position of the “Affordable Access Coalition” in preparation for the upcoming CRTC decision on a review of basic telecommunications services.
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) believes evidence in the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) released today suggest some service providers continue employing practices that violate the spirit of the Wireless Code of Conduct, to the detriment of Canadian consumers.
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
A new report from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) suggests many low income Canadians struggle to afford their communications services, and provides policy suggestions to address this ongoing challenge.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre today filed the attached part I application regarding Quebec Bill 74, Loi concernant principalement la mise en oeuvre de certaines dispositions du discours sur le Budget du 26 mars 2015 and blocking of certain websites associated with online gambling.