CRTC Launches New Online Tool to Compare Phone, Mobile, Internet and TV Services For Consumers
Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the launch of its new online tool, the Communication Service Providers in Canada webpage, built to help consumers.
This new tool allows consumers in Canada to search for phone, mobile, Internet and television services available in their area and includes practical tips to help make the most of the communication services available.
“During our consultations with Canadians, we have heard repeatedly that consumers crave choice and affordability when it comes to choosing communication services,” says Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC in a press release.
“We listened to what Canadians told us and many of our recent decisions have an important common thread: choice and sustainable competition. We know this is how we can ensure Canadians benefit from a world-class communications system. The new online tool that we are introducing today will help Canadians select service providers that make the most sense for their needs, their budgets and their realities.”
In its press release, the CRTC also noted that the introduction of this tool comes to consumers 10 days before significant changes are set to come into effect for Canada’s television service providers-changes that will affect the services available to viewers.
Starting March 1, 2016, Canadian TV service providers such as cable and satellite companies will be responsible for offering a new affordable basic package that costs no more than $25 per month, not including rental equipment.
Service providers will also be required to offer either a selection of small channel bundles or to give viewers the ability to select individual channels immediately, and will be required to offer both small bundles and pick-and-pay by December 1, 2016.
Anyone can provide information to help update the Communications Service list by clicking here.