Transport and Communications – May 7, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Transport and Communications – May 7, 2014

Senators discuss caps on wireless roaming charges as part of the committee’s pre-study of the budget bill. This division of Bill C-31 would amend the Telecommunications Act. Chris Seidl, executive director of telecommunications at the CRTC, updates the committee on the regulator’s public consultations on the wireless sector. The CRTC has learned that some national wireless companies are charging or were planning to charge smaller competitors higher wholesale roaming rates than those charged to U.S.-based companies. The measure in the bill will be placed until the CRTC makes a decision on the roaming rates issue.
Senior Industry Canada officials Pamela Miller and Christopher Johnstone provide more details about the proposed amendment. While Industry Canada mandates that carriers offer roaming services to other carriers, it does not regulate the price of that access. (May 7, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-31 received royal assent on June 19.