Ottawa moves to bring affordable telecom plans for families

April 10, 2013 - All News

Staff Report
The federal government has introduced new measures aimed at increasing the competition in the wireless sector and to provide affordable choices and access to the latest technology, Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced recently.
“Canadian families work hard for their money, and our government wants them to keep more of it,” said Paradis. “Through better use of existing cell phone towers and by taking action to promote at least four wireless providers in every region of the country, our government is making it possible for all Canadians to have access to world-class wireless service they can afford, no matter where they live.”
Through increased competition in every region, Ottawa said it is working to provide more choices at better prices to Canadian consumers.
This will be achieved by:
— Reviewing the policy on spectrum licence transfer requests with the objective of promoting a competitive environment;
— Expanding and extending the requirement for companies to provide roaming to competitors, thereby increasing competition;
— Strengthening cell tower sharing rules to further reduce proliferation and deliver better services; and
— Ensuring at least four providers in every region can acquire spectrum in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, to start on November 19, 2013, as part of the Licensing Framework for this spectrum.
“Wireless services are changing our families, work and economy,” said Paradis. “Our government’s priority is to provide greater wireless coverage at better rates for consumers.”
The government also released the Commercial Mobile Spectrum Outlook study, ahead of the 700 and 2500 MHz spectrum auctions.
This study outlines the Conservative government’s plan to make spectrum available to meet the consumer demand of a growing digital economy and ensure that Canadians have access to next generation services and technologies.