Good News! Competition Bureau echoes Canadians' ideas for cell phone rules.

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Good news! The Competition Bureau’s submission on the CRTC draft wireless rules for mobile phone and Internet service echoes what we at OpenMedia.ca have put forward on behalf of Canadians. You know we're starting to win the debate when the Competition Bureau goes out of it's way to support the same positions. Our own Lindsey Pinto will travel to the CRTC hearing on the proposed rules next week to amplify your voices. Let’s show Canadians are behind her and share this far and wide: http://cellphonehorrorstory.ca/

Article by Rita Trichur for The Globe and Mail:

The Competition Bureau is weighing in on a proposal to create a binding code of conduct for Canada’s $19-billion wireless industry, arguing that carriers should be barred from advertising limited data plans as “unlimited” and from locking smartphones so they only work on one network.

In a submission released late Wednesday, the federal competition watchdog outlined a litany of issues that it says harm marketplace competition for Canada’s 27.4 million wireless subscribers, saying consumers often lack information to make “informed” decisions when buying cellular services.

“Basically anything that’s keeping those customers locked up and making it difficult for those new [wireless companies] to attract customers, that’s what we have concerns with,” said Vicky Eatrides, deputy commissioner of competition, in a telephone interview. Read more »

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