September 18, 2014
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today issued a report card that assesses the implementation of the wireless code by wireless services providers.
In late 2013, the CRTC introduced the code, which set out new standards that all wireless services providers must adopt. The CRTC asked these companies to submit reports on their implementation of the code. Most companies demonstrated that they had made the necessary changes to their contracts, policies and procedures within the prescribed time frames in order to comply with the code, but some of them still have to make changes to their practices.
The verification of the code’s implementation is the first step in assessing compliance. The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) will administer the wireless code and consequently determine on a case‑by‑case basis whether or not providers are complying with the code. The first CCTS annual report to include complaints concerning the code will be released before the end of the year.
The code sets out the basic rights of Canadians regarding services for cellphones and other mobile devices and helps to increase their understanding of the choices available to them. It contributes to a more dynamic marketplace for wireless services.