In a victory for net neutrality, Canada's telecom regulator has ruled against a carrier offering 'free' music streaming as part of a zero-rating scheme. Quebecor's 'Unlimited Music' allows premium Videotron subscribers to use select streaming apps, s…
Canada strengthens net neutrality with zero-rating crackdown
Canadian regulators have declared that all citizens should have access to high-speed internet, even in remote areas. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that minimum broadband speeds of 50 Mbps download an…
Canada sets aggressive targets for minimum broadband speeds
The CRTC is eager to shake the cobwebs from Canada’s TV regulations, many of which got their start before cable arrived, let alone Netflix or YouTube. Accordingly, it’s planning a round of consultations in the fall that will ask both the public and the industry what rules they want to change. Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais expects the discussion to center around the CRTC’s approach to internet content — some of the old licensing restrictions might not apply when it’s easier to both publish and watch online video. The agency isn’t likely to create a utopia full of cord cutting and à la carte TV subscriptions, but its recent attempts at fixing a broken cellular market give us hope that at least a few broadcasting policies could change for the better.
Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD
Via: The Globe and Mail
CRTC to ask Canadians for help in adapting TV regulations to the internet era
It’s spent the past few months soliciting feedback from Canadian wireless users, and the CRTC has now announced the details of a new wireless code that it says “addresses the main frustrations that Canadians shared with the CRTC.” At the top of that list is the length of cellphone contracts, which will now effectively be capped at two years — carriers may still be able to offer longer terms, but you’ll be able to cancel your contract after two years with no cancellation fees. The code also places some significant new caps on data fees: excess data charges will be capped at $50 per month, while international roaming charges will be capped at $100 per month.
Beyond that, Canadians will now be able to get their phones unlocked after 90 days (or sooner if you’ve bought the device outright, although the actual unlocking fee isn’t specified), and they’ll be entitled to a 15-day trial period, during which they can return their phone and cancel their contract if they’re unhappy with their service. The code also promises to enforce “plain language” in contracts — ensuring, for instance, that you don’t pay any extra charges for services described as “unlimited.” Notably, however, the code doesn’t immediately cover all current cellphone users. It only applies to new (or extended) contracts starting on December 2nd of this year. In the meantime, you can read up on all the finer details at the source link below.
Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile
Source: CRTC Wireless Code
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CRTC wireless code lets Canadians cancel contracts after two years, caps excessive data fees