Break Up The Big Three

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Hi Paov,

Just wanted to make sure you saw my message below.
... Marie, with OpenMedia
Paov,

Canada’s cell phone market has been broken for way too long. The Big Three’s stronghold over our wireless market has limited competition and means people like you keep paying some of the highest prices in the world for your cell phone plans.1

But thanks to thousands of people across Canada who have spoken out to demand more choice and lower prices, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is finally reviewing our wireless market.2

This is a historic chance for us to revamp our wireless market and bring in new providers that can compete with Bell, Telus and Rogers. This would mean more choice and lower prices.

We need to make sure the CRTC knows quick fixes won’t do and that what we need is a fundamental change to how the system works. Tell the CRTC: It’s time to overhaul Canada’s wireless market!

Act now!

Our cellphone prices are so high that thousands of people are priced out of the market entirely. And those who can pay, are spending way too much compared to our international counterparts. Everyone should have access to a plan with enough data, voice minutes and text to meet their needs at a price they can afford without having to sacrifice other basic needs such as food.3

Our choice of providers is so limited that even if you wanted to leave your provider, most people are still confined to the Big Three and their flanker brands (e.g. Fido, Koodo and Virgin).

Can you relate? People’s frustration with their cell phone providers in Canada and Big Telecom’s misleading and aggressive sales practices are well documented and have been at the centre of the public eye over the past year.4 We need to put an end to this now!

Speak out!

Together, we can build a national momentum for a revamped wireless market that serves customers needs, rather than deepen Big Telecom’s pockets. Will you join us?

Thanks for being a part of this critical movement,
Marie, on behalf of OpenMedia

P.S: OpenMedia is a small non-profit organization that works to keep the Internet open, affordable and surveillance free. Please consider donating to our efforts today.

Footnotes

[1] Media and Internet Concentration in Canada 1984-2017: Canadian Media Concentration Research Project
[2] Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-57: CRTC
[3] 24hrs Vancouver: Low-income Canadians sacrifice food for Internet: Acorn Canada
[4] [Update] CCTS mid-year report shows 44 percent year-over-year increase in telecom complaints: Mobile Syrup

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