Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced it is again directing Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to lower wireless prices in the country.
The government says Canadian bills for telecommunications services “continue to be high when compared to other nations, and affordability is an ongoing concern for many Canadian families.”
Through greater investments and innovation in telecommunications, explains the federal government, this will drive down prices, particularly by increasing competition. ISED saysareas of Canada with regional wireless competitors see “up to 32% cheaper” prices versus the national average.
“As long as Canadians pay too steep a price for their cellphone and Internet bills, our government will take extraordinary means to continue driving down the prices of telecommunications services. We are also fostering a climate of investment and innovation for Canada’s telecom service providers to improve the quality of services delivered to Canadians. Today, we are giving clear direction to the CRTC that consumers and innovation must be at the forefront of all future telecom decisions,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, in a statement.
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