Under the leadership of Jean-Pierre Blais, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made it its a mission to bring more wireless competition to Canada, as well as reduce how much Canadians pay to access those services. While the trek still continues, Blais and his team have created a tool to help Canadians quickly find the closest service providers in their area.
No, it’s not Google, but a dedicated tool that lives within the CRTC’s website and offers quick access to information on TV, Internet, wireless and phone service providers across Canada. In addition, the CRTC also gives a brief tutorial on how to change your service provider and compare monthly rate plans between the different carriers.
While it’s not the prettiest resource, it seems to be a more cost effective solution than the expensive Rate Plan Calculator that Industry Canada once offered. The search can be ordered by different carriers, including Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind, or by specific location.
Blais, Chairman and CEO of the CRTC, said in a statement issued to MobileSyrup, “We have heard repeatedly that consumers crave choice and affordability when it comes to choosing communication services. We listened to what Canadians told us and many of our recent decisions have an important common thread: choice and sustainable competition. We know this is how we can ensure Canadians benefit from a world-class communications system. The new online tool that we are introducing today will help Canadians select service providers that make the most sense for their needs, their budgets and their realities.”