OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched the second phase of its
public consultation by unveiling a draft code for wireless services.
Canadians are invited to share their views on the draft and to join the
online discussion at http://consultation.crtc.gc.ca.
Last fall, the CRTC asked Canadians for their help in creating a
national code for wireless services, such as cellphones and other
personal mobile devices. Canadians responded by submitting over 3,500
comments in writing and posting close to 600 comments on the online
discussion forum. The CRTC has reviewed all of the comments, which
shaped the working document (http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-557-3.htm#a1) published today.
"I would like to thank Canadians for having shared their candid views on
wireless services," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "The
draft code is still very much a work in progress and intended to
encourage more discussion. We are inviting Canadians to participate by
telling us what they think of the working document. Once finalized, the
wireless code will enable them to make informed decisions in a
Canadians have made a number of proposals for the wireless code,
including that they should have:
A clearer understanding of their wireless services and fees.
The ability to unlock cellphones on reasonable terms.
The ability to set a cap on additional fees, such as those incurred from
long-distance calls, usage of voice minutes, text messages, data usage
Online tools to monitor usage and any additional fees.
Canadians can join in the online discussion starting today by visiting: http://consultation.crtc.gc.ca. The website will remain open until 5 p.m. (PST) on February 15, 2013.
This online discussion is being held as part of a proceeding that will
include a public hearing from February 11 to 15, 2013, in Gatineau. For
the first time in the history of the CRTC, Canadians will be able to
both listen to a live audio feed of the hearing and post comments as it
unfolds. All comments posted on the website will be taken into
consideration as the CRTC finalizes the wireless code.
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-557-3
View the comments from Phase I of the online discussion
Video on the wireless code: http://youtu.be/tWesr6-1p_A
Fact sheet on how to participate in a CRTC public proceeding
News release, "CRTC invites Canadians to participate in the development
of a code for cellphones and other mobile devices," October 11, 2012
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC-2012-557
Telecom Decision CRTC 2012-556
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SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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