Mobilicity, one of the new wireless entrants, has issued a stinging release criticizing the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association over its response to the Manitoba consultation on consumer protection for wireless users. The release includes: “We deeply disagree with the CWTA’s disregard for the need for more consumer protection not only […]
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My column on the decision to kill the cellphone cost calculator generated considerable reaction: The Liberal party issued a press release criticizing the decision and arguing that it placed the wireless industry ahead of consumers. The CBC covered the story, including comments from the CWTA, PIAC, and Bell (it should […]
Last week I discussed the well-known challenge faced by millions of Canadians as they sort through a myriad of cellphone pricing plans in a marketplace still lacking in robust competition. The subject of this week's technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) is that previously unreported, however, is Industry Canada officials identified much the same problem and worked for years to develop an online tool to address it.
After spending tens of thousands of dollars creating and testing an online calculator designed to help consumers select their ideal wireless plan, Industry Minister Tony Clement killed the project weeks before it was scheduled to launch. Government records suggest intense lobbying this spring by Canada’s wireless companies, who feared the service would promote lower cost plans, played a key role in the decision.
Day five of the CRTC's New Media hearings featured some good exchanges with the CWTA over the profitability of new media over wireless along with evidence that the National Film Board "gets it" when it comes to the Internet and new media. Carleton professor Ira Wagman provides the details on […]