CRTC Wants Canadian Consumers to Help Save the Wireless Industry

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is seeking feedback from Canadian consumers on how to make our nation’s wireless industry a better place.

The national regular announced this week that it will hold a public hearing to develop a code designed to protect cellphone users from confusing contracts and misleading marketing.

“Our goal is to make sure that Canadians have the tools they need to make informed choices in a competitive marketplace,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a news release.

“From price-gouging to tight contracts, Canadians have been targeted by unfair practices for a long time,” Executive Director Steve Anderson said. “We already pay some of the highest cell phone fees and are forced into some of the most punitive, long-term contracts in the industrialized world. We’re pleased the CRTC is making plans to protect Canadians.”

The CRTC will be accepting comments from today until November 20. The public hearing will begin January 28, 2013.