Teksavvy Says Demand Lower Internet & Cell Phone Bills At paylesstoconnect.ca

TekSavvy today launched a website where Canadians can voice support for a new directive from the Government of Canada, which orders the CRTC to lower Canadians’ internet and cell phone bills with policies that promote real consumer choice. The proposal is open for public comment until April 8.

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TekSavvy hopes the CRTC will quickly fix policies that deny consumer choice and keep prices high, such as by removing the 50 Mbps Internet speed cap currently hampering TekSavvy’s business in Ontario and Quebec, and finally opening up the wireless sector for competition.

In 2016, the CRTC rebuked the large carriers for breaking its rate-setting rules and called their behaviour “very disturbing”. As noted in TekSavvy’s filing with the CRTC today, the large carriers overcharged ISPs more than $300 million that would have otherwise been passed on as savings to customers or invested in new infrastructure. The CRTC has not set final rates or refunded the overbilled amounts.

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