Affordable Data Now

You pay too much for data — now is our chance to change that

UPDATE: June 14, 2018 – This consultation is now closed. Thanks to all of you who spoke up! We submitted 8,015 of your comments to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as a substantive submission, which you can check out here.

You, like most Canadians, probably have one of the highest cell phone bills in the world.1

Yet instead of opening up our mobile Internet markets to more competition,2 federal regulators asked Big Telecom to suggest what a fair price for data is.

You guessed it: The Big Three didn't choose now to stop gouging Canadians. Instead, their proposed plans — half a gig for $30 a month (!)3 — are wildly higher than existing offerings per gigabyte, and don't include talk or text.

Now is your chance to channel your anger and work to fight these high prices: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking for public input.

Use your voice: What do you think about these so-called "low cost" data plans? How do high cell phone bills impact you?

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If they hear from enough of us, the CRTC can step in and put in place protections against unfair data prices. 

One in three low income Canadians can’t even afford a cellphone.4 Yet, the Bell, Rogers, and Telus’s proposed plans won’t do anything to alleviate wireless users from exorbitant fees or ensure lower income Canadians are treated fairly.

Network and data restrictions on these plans make them unappealing to the public5 and clearly show the Big Three will only ever do the bare minimum unless the CRTC forces them.

We all know the Big Three can afford to offer Canadians better data plans. Demand was huge when they offered 10G/$60 for a limited time back in December.6 Let's see that be made a permanent offering.

We are only in this situation because the Big Three refuse to provide affordable plans. These embarrassingly ”new” plans are a slap in the face to Canadians who have been desperate for more affordable data plans.

Your voice matters — Take action now!

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Footnotes:
[1] Why Canadian cell phone bills are among the most expensive on the planet: National Post ​
[2] Big telcos not required to sell wholesale network access to tower-less rivals, CRTC says: CBC
[3] Big telco's lower-cost, wireless data-only plans are 'embarrassing,' critics say: CBC
[4] Spotlight turns to data caps, as CRTC study reveals skyrocketing data usage along with ongoing telecom price increases: OpenMedia
[5] Rogers, Bell and Telus low-cost plans don’t address concerns: Consumer groups: MobileSyrup
[6] Canadian carriers say response to $60/10GB promos has been overwhelming: MobileSyrup

 

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