Canadians are concerned about the cost of their Internet and cellphone plans
Mar. 01, 2019
Global Korean Post
Government of Canada proposes new CRTC direction to put Canadians at the forefront of future decisions.
The proposed order aims to improve the affordability of Internet and cellphone services for Canadians.
Good and affordable access to telecommunications services is increasingly important for Canadians to participate and thrive in a digital economy and society. Canadians are concerned about the cost of their Internet and cellphone plans and are looking for lower-cost options and innovative services.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced a proposed policy directive that would require the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to consider competition, affordability, consumer interests and innovation in its telecommunications decisions and demonstrate to Canadians that it has done so.
Competition is the best way to bring down prices of telecommunications services, including cellphone plans. In regions with strong competition, wireless data plans are up to 32% cheaper than the national average.
As Canada’s telecommunications landscape continues to evolve, the Government of Canada will closely monitor market dynamics and actively promote competition.
In 2018, the Government partnered with Canada’s largest telecom corporations to launch the Connecting Families initiative to provide affordable Internet access to low-income families.
In the coming months, new lower-cost data-only wireless plans are expected to enter the market and will create more choice for Canadians.
To further promote competition in the telecom sector, the Government of Canada will set aside 43% of spectrum for regional providers in the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction.