Is the Future Friendly? CRTC to rule on Telus access fee

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is scheduled to make a decision on whether the long-distance access fee that was recently introduced by Telus is illegal.

Toronto-based Yak Communications (who recently submitted their application for the wireless auction) and the Consumers Association of Canada, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the National Anti-Poverty Organization, have filed applications with the CRTC to have Telus drop the fee and reimburse customers who have paid it.

Telus, the biggest phone company in western Canada as well as the second-biggest in the country after Bell Canada, introduced the $2.95-per-month fee last fall to its traditional land line customers who don’t have long-distance plans in Alberta and B.C.