I don't doubt that the CRTC
to do right by Canadian consumers. But this country's wireless oligopoly makes for a formidable opponent, with more than a few tricks up its sleeve.
After "making things better" (quotes are deliberate) this past summer with a new Wireless Code, the commission now has in its sights the $2/month paper bill fee
charged by Canada's Big Three.
Way to aim high.
I might suggest that the CRTC, consumer-focused as it is of late, could make better use of its time addressing the mess that it's made with the Wireless Code. Though not technically in effect until December 2nd
, the big guys have been both quick and deft in protecting their profit margins from what the code seeks to achieve.
As a refresher, here's what it seeks to achieve:
- To eliminate three-year contracts
- To cap roaming charges abroad and data charges at home
- To mandate SIM-unlocking services directly from carriers
Our incumbent telcos, evil geniuses that they are, have managed to make mandates irrelevant and service more costly in response.