Monthly Wireless Rates in Canada are too High!Published on March 27, 2019
I have been knocking on doors in Ottawa West-Nepean for the past year and a half and one of the common concerns that keeps popping up is that prices, and taxes in Canada are too high. Many Canadians are struggling to get by under crushing monthly bill payments. Very few are actually getting ahead.
One of the main culprits is the outrageous fees we pay for our monthly wireless services.
Canadian consumers pay some of the highest monthly wireless rates on the face of the planet, largely due to over-regulation and protectionism.
I have spoken to several voters who pay more than $150 per month for cellular and data services.
Some families of four could be paying over $500 per month in wireless fees, compared to a family of three in Israel that pays less than $50 per month and comes with 30 gigabytes in data!
Many of the people I speak to in Ottawa West-Nepean can’t afford even the most basic wireless plan.
This has to change!
As your Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, I pledge to do all in my power to allow more competition in the Canadian wireless industry.
I am confident that healthy competition will drive prices down for consumers, encourage companies to innovate, and provide the best possible service to Canadian consumers at lower prices.
Lack of competition is by far the biggest reason we pay such high cell phone fees.
Quebec has Videotron, and Saskatchewan has Sasktel to compete against “the big three” carriers. Consumers in both provinces enjoy lower cell phone rates.
Evidence shows that when new carriers enter Canadian markets, prices go down. Unfortunately, when this happens, a large carrier buys up the new carrier, and the cycle of high prices returns.
Wind Mobile was purchased by Shaw, Virgin by Bell, Fido by Rogers, Koodo by Telus, and MTS by Bell.
Governments have promised to reduce wireless prices but have completely failed to deliver.
The following are a couple of suggestions to encourage more competition and lower your monthly wireless fees:
- Offer wireless spectrum to small companies for free if they meet a certain market capture and coverage within a specified period of time;
- Block mergers between large carriers and small carriers;
- Lower roaming rates so that Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) that don’t have spectrum can lease networks from larger carriers and offer services for lower prices.
We don’t have to accept the highest prices in the world - there is a way forward, but I need your help. I need you to vote for me in the upcoming federal election this October so I can become your next MP in Ottawa West-Nepean. Together we will make life more affordable for all Canadians!