POEM: Statement by Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on paper bill fees

By Jack J. Locke

August 28, 2014 – Ottawa-Gatineau

“Today, the two CRTC Vice-Chairpersons hosted a meeting

albeit fleeting

with nearly a dozen telecommunications and broadcasting distribution companies,

including the largest communication companies in the country, on paper bill fees.

The Vice-Chairpersons have reported back to their colleagues, including

myself, on today’s outcomes. Aha! colluding.

While the companies agreed to adopt consistent exemptions to such fees,

they were unable to reach a consensus to eliminate them entirely. Oh PLEASE!

Many Canadians who will not benefit from the exemptions will be

disappointed with the outcome so far. Yes we will be Philby.

Finally, I would like to commend Cogeco Cable,

for they were able

along with MTS Allstream, SaskTel and Shaw Communications for not charging their customers for paper bills.

The others–double dipping devills.

This business decision ensures that their customers can make

reasonable and informed choices about how they are billed for their communication services. (Mistake)

Canadians should keep this in mind when they select a service provider.”

As the crappy gap between them and us grows wider.

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