Lower Monthly Wireless Prices

Canadian consumers are paying far too much for wireless communication fees. I have spoken to several voters who pay more than $150 per month for cellular and data services.

Canadians pay some of the highest wireless communications fees in the entire world. Many industrialized nations’ wireless fees are half of what we pay in Canada.

Canadian 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!

Over regulation and protectionism discourages competition and unfairly favours Canada’s “big three” companies: Rogers, Telus, and Bell.

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 our 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.

 

If you like the idea of lower wireless prices, please consider voting for me to be your next Member of Parliament in Ottawa West-Nepean in the upcoming federal election.