Post Tagged with: "system access fee"

McGuinty Introduces Telecom Transparency Private Members Bill

Liberal MP David McGuinty has introduced the Telecommunications Clarity and Fairness Act, a private members bill that will come as welcome news to every Canadian consumer.  The bill would outlaw the much-hated system access fee and require the CRTC to study issues such as how stop providers from locking devices, […]

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June 3, 2008 4 comments News

System Access Fee Class Action Seeks Billions in Compensation

The Toronto Star reports that a Saskatchewan court has certified a class action against the major telecommunications companies over the widespread use of "system access fees", a deceptive monthly charge added to cell phone bills that appears to be government mandated, but isn't (I touched on it in a column […]

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September 19, 2007 40 comments News

Wireless Number Portability Just a First Step

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on wireless number portability, which makes its much-anticipated debut on Wednesday, allowing Canadian consumers to change their cellphone provider without surrendering their current phone number.  I note that while wireless number portability removes one lock that the providers have […]

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March 12, 2007 4 comments Columns