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In Canada, talk ain't cheap

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You pick up your mail and rifle through it -- fliers, postcards from globetrotting friends, and, of course, bills. You pull out an envelope marked with that oh-so-familiar Bell or Rogers logo and - with a bit of apprehension - open it.


Your monthly bill is a whopping two hundred dollars more than you expected. Sound familiar?

Canadians pay more in voice and data rates than almost any other country in the world, according to a report released last year by the New America Foundation. For many, this comes as no surprise with the so-called “Big 3” carriers dominating the telecommunications market indefinitely.

But some politicians are beginning to take notice. At Queen’s Park in Toronto, one member is fighting to pass legislation that would make cell phone costs more transparent.

"The price gouging that is taking place in this sector because of the lack of competition is absolutely horrendous," said Liberal member David Orazietti, who first introduced the bill before the latest provincial election.

While it might not do much to make cell phone usage more affordable, consumers will at least have a better idea of what they’re getting into if this bill passes. Cell phone users in Quebec are lucky enough to already have similar legislation in place, while Manitoba is also studying a similar proposal.

Less confusion and more transparency for a service so many depend on? Seems like a no brainer.


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