Post Tagged with: "system access fee"

System Access Fee Class Action Lawsuit To Proceed

The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed a class action lawsuit against the major telecom companies to stand, paving the way for the $19 billion case to continue.

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June 29, 2012 21 comments Must Reads

Rogers Restructures Bill: Drops System Access Fee, Adds Government Regulatory Recovery Fee

The National Post reports Rogers will become the first of the big three wireless companies to drop the system access fee as a line-item in customers' bills.  In its place, the company is incorporating the cost into plan fees (ie. plan costs are increasing) and adding a "government regulatory recovery […]

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September 22, 2009 18 comments Must Reads

Why Canada Lags on Wireless

Where does Canada stand with respect to the cost of wireless services?  That question recently generated a spirited debate when the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released new figures that ranked it as the third most expensive developed country. Critics pounced on the report, calling the results ridiculous and pointing to perceived flaws in the methodology.

Given that consumers have a hard time making sense of the different plans, options, and hidden fees offered by Canada’s big three wireless providers (Rogers, Bell, and Telus), it should come as little surprise that comparisons of wireless services across dozens of countries is exceptionally difficult.  Some countries charge consumers for both incoming and outgoing calls, while many others do not. Moreover, hidden charges such as Canada’s system access fee – which can add as much as 25 percent to a monthly bill – are often excluded from cost calculations.

While the debate will continue to rage, few currently hold Canada up as a model of wireless leadership.  If not pricing, what should policy makers and politicians be focusing on?  My weekly technology column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that four main issues come to mind.

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August 25, 2009 14 comments Columns

Canada Hardly a Leader in Wireless World

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 24, 2009 as Canada Hardly a Leader in the World of Wireless Where does Canada stand with respect to the cost of wireless services?  That question recently generated a spirited debate when the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released new figures that […]

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August 24, 2009 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Petition Against System-Access Fees

Liberal MP David McGuinty has supplemented his private member's bill that legislates against system access fees with a petition on point.

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June 10, 2008 9 comments Must Reads