Cable & Telecom

Survey says Canadians believe regional competitors have helped lower wireless prices

OTTAWA — Ahead of the CRTC’s public hearing next week to review its wireless policies, research firm Abacus Data released results Wednesday of a survey commissioned by Shaw Communications that found 95% of Canadians say regional wireless providers increase competition and provide better service to customers. Furthermore, 66% of Canadians agree competition from regional wireless companies like Freedom Mobile, Eastlink and Vidéotron has resulted in reduced prices charged by the national carriers, says study. “One reason Canadians value having strong regional wireless network options is because most see a direct connection between reduced prices charged by the national carriers and...