CRTC solicits input on wireless competition

5 Apr 2012

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched a public consultation seeking views on whether the country’s mobile market has changed enough to warrant regulatory intervention in the form of developing national guidelines for wireless services. The CRTC said the consultation is in response to receiving several applications suggesting that such guidelines be established. In 1994, the CRTC decided to deregulate services in the wireless sector, having concluded that there was sufficient competition in the marketplace to guide the industry’s growth and ‘provide Canadian consumers with a choice of innovative services.’ ‘Our practice has been to rely on market forces as long as we are convinced that the interests of consumers will be looked after,’ said Leonard Katz, the CRTC’s acting chairman, adding, ‘In this case, we are seeking evidence that our intervention is necessary before considering the development of a national wireless code.’ Those who wish to participate in the CRTC’s proceeding are invited to submit their comments by 3 May 2012, as per Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-206, details of which can be seen at http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-206.htm.