From the “why am I not surprised” file comes this story from the CBC where it’s being reported that Rogers, Bell, and Telus have decided to challenge the CRTC’s attempt to create a wireless code of conduct for them. This code was to start to take effect later this year, but this challenge delays that to who knows when. Now I’ve previously said this about what the CRTC was trying to do:
Don’t get me wrong. Creating rules, boundaries, and limitations around how cell phone carriers behave is a start. But I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again. What’s needed is competition and competition of the Orange, T-Mobile, or Vodafone sort. If one of those carriers comes into this market and sets up shop, Rogers, Bell and Telus will change how they do business so fast that you’d get whiplash.
I still stand by that. The fact that Verizon is looking at coming into Canada is the way that this problem is going to solved once and for all. The CRTC creating rules for the big three carriers to follow isn’t going to get the job done. Still, it wouldn’t hurt if Canadians who don’t like this sent a e-mail or two towards their local MP to express their displeasure with the way things are with the wireless industry in Canada.