The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) sent out a tweet this morning promoting low-cost plans for Canada’s largest telecommunications companies.
“Are you on a tight budget and need a low cost mobile plan? By July 14, 2021, @Bell @Rogers @TELUS and @SaskTel are expected to start offering low-cost BYOD plans, ”the CRTC said on Twitter.
Are you on a budget and need a cheap mobile plan?
Before July 14, 2021, @Bell @Rogers @TELUS and @SaskTel should start offering low-cost BYOD plans.
For more details: https://t.co/GzvUDmlWBj pic.twitter.com/MOMvRYvBbW
– CRTCeng (@CRTCeng) June 25, 2021
The CRTC regulates telecommunications in the country and the nature of the tweet appears to favor or promote these specific wireless carriers, rather than just informing Canadians of new plans to come. Many on Twitter reacted strongly to the tweet, accusing the Commission of bias.
A link was included to the CRTC’s website, detailing “low cost, occasional wireless service plans”.
“The CRTC wants Canadians to have better access to affordable wireless services for their cell phones and other mobile devices,” the website explains. “We therefore expect Bell, Rogers, Telus and SaskTel to offer and promote low cost, occasional use packages. These vendors are expected to offer the following by July 14, 2021. ”
Below are the detailed plans, with low cost plans that include at least 3GB of data, up to a maximum of $ 35 per month, plus unlimited minutes and nationwide messaging to bring your own device to customers.
In comparison, what you get here versus what you get in Australia for an ‘affordable plan’ pic.twitter.com/DyqHJaTfYT
– bryson (@Bryson_M) June 25, 2021
Why do you market for the companies you regulate?
– Kyle Larkin (@KylePLarkin) June 25, 2021
Government agency promoting the for-profit businesses it is supposed to regulate.
– Spencer Callaghan (@Senturion) June 25, 2021
Yesterday, TekSavvy called CRTC Chairman Ian Scott again, citing how biased he was, after it was reported that he had been having one-on-one beers with a senior Bell executive (now CEO Mirko Bibic) in a pub in Ottawa in 2019.