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CRTC told to prioritize consumer interests

The Government of Canada has given a directive to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to prioritize consumer interests and innovation when forming telecommunications policy. The directive is intended to encourage competition and investment, as well as to lower Internet and cellphone bills.

“As long as Canadians pay too steep a price for their cellphone and Internet bills, our government will take extraordinary means to continue driving down the prices of telecommunications services,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “We are also fostering a climate of investment and innovation for Canada's telecom service providers to improve the quality of services delivered to Canadians. Today, we are giving clear direction to the CRTC that consumers and innovation must be at the forefront of all future telecom decisions.”

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