New rules should make it easier for Canadians to switch their phone or tv provider

In regulatory policy handed down today, the CRTC has set out new rules which it claims will reduce the hassle Canadians face when trying to switching to a new telephone or television provider.

Under the new measures, a customer’s new telephone or television provider will be able to cancel service from the current provider on behalf of the customer thereby relieving the consumer of having to call their old provider and negotiate the transfer of their service.

Big four Canadian cable companies top 3.5 million phone customers

It has now been over five years since cable telephony first launched in this country and the number of Canadians receiving cable telephone service from Canada’s big four cable companies – Rogers, Shaw, Vidéotron and Cogeco – now tops 3.5 million.

Using numbers published in the respective company’s most recent financial results, Digital Home has calculated that the big four cable providers now have 3,547,003, up 18.2% from the same time in 2009 and up 46% from the same time in 2008.

Over 17 million North American homes now passed by fiber

Over 5.3 million North Americans have fiber optic connections in their home and more than 17 million North American homes are now passed by fiber.