Originally Posted by Larry
Once the cap was removed, and Bell needed to compete, you saw lots of cuts.
And the story goes on...
If I remember correctly, the cap was removed only in urban centers where you can pick another provider for local home phone (wholesale, before cable and VoIP), under the condition that the wholesale provider pays network fees, that was forwarded to you and you ended up consequently paying the same price, if not more. Rural and remote areas are still regulated.
Bell sent out an information sheet with the paper bill a month in advance before the CRTC decision, saying that the decision will allow canadians to save money, we have to support it, it's awesome (ok, I'm exagerating). As soon as it was approved, Bell did those tasks: base price increased, individual *star options increased, long distance plans introduced a new 5$ network fee too all existing customers, but if you were taking a package with options, you'll be saving on those fees... off course, increasing your bill. And more savings if you're bundling your Sympatico bill and/or ExpressVu and/or Bell Mobility bill to one.
If you only needed call display and to make between 0 and 30 minutes of long distances in a month, you ended paying the same amount as those with options but with zero usage, and a lot more than before the decision.
Thanks HTSD for the Marketplace video link. There's a link on the right side for a PDF about the Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-292. The CRTC's decision concerns only "Bell Canada's grandfathered rotary dial customers" : "a customer subscribing to residence individual line services installed before 8 March 1993, not equipped for Touch-Tone service".
So, the CRTC is OK with the current 2.80$ charge. Just not OK that Bell charged the fee since at least 28 September 2009 to people who kept pulse dialing since 1993 (and avoided the 2.80$ fee). Also, you must find out somehow about this decision and contact Bell yourself:
"17. The Commission directs Bell Canada to reimburse or credit any grandfathered customer who contacts the company, with applicable interest, for rates improperly charged..."