Bell and its confreres love to blame everything on the CRTC, when the truth is they could lower their prices and simplify their offerings any day by filing a new tarif, as you say. The point of regulation was to prevent a telco from selling services at a loss so as to force competitors out of business. As long as they can show the tarif reflects the cost of offering the service, the CRTC would have no reason to deny the application to lower a fee. But where would be the profit on that? LOL
Actually, they have lowered their prices and in a great many cases are lower than Rogers and other ILEC's.
Even changing the price to a lower price point still has to be run by the CRTC and the same goes for raising any prices. Then the CRTC has to review etc and allow time for ILEC's to post any issues with the price decreases etc, then give final go ahead.
It is by no means a short legal process.
Perhaps instead of ranting against Bell and other CLEC's, you should look into the legal hoops they need to jump through in order to lower the price of any regulated services.
I remember when Call Display went from $5 to $6 and on up to $8.
Call display went from $5 to $6 when they added the 'Name' portion of 'Name and Number Display'. At the $5 price point it was simply 'number' display only.
The last price increase for Call Display with Name and Number was close to 8 years ago and the price has not increased since.
8 years ago a loaf of white bread was 99 cents, now it's $1.79. That's almost an 80% increase. As the cost of living goes up, so do some services and products, it's a fact of life.
Yes, other companies have call display for $3, but the product doesn't work (as you can see from other forums and threads, and other companies aren't aren't regulated. I also believe in a lot of cases, you are tied to a contract and or need to take a package deal.
You can get Call Display for free, in a package with Bell and most ILEC's.
Nem, who thinks people should probably quote all the facts, instead of ones that just support their arguments.