The petition below was started in response to a number of reports my office has received regarding poor cellular service and high cellular rates. As many of you know through experience, cellular service throughout our region is often unreliable and, in some cases, creates preventable, dangerous situations.
One such instance involved someone in our community not having 9-1-1 access at their home when their tractor caught fire. Luckily, nobody was harmed, however the importance of 9-1-1 service to all our homes cannot be overstated.
Please consider adding your name to this petition and encourage your friends and family to do the same! The more signatures we get, the more visibility it will have.
PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
WHEREAS Canadians continue to pay the second highest cellular rates anywhere in the world; and we yet continue to have amongst the worst connective coverage as well; and
WHEREAS Canadians should be able to have reliable service while travel major roads such as the 400-series highways, given our remoteness, sever weather conditions, and great distances of travel from our homes; and
WHEREAS Complaints to the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services (CCTS) are up 12% nationally since August 1, 2022; and
WHEREAS The CCTS has confirmed 36 breaches of the Wireless Code by Canadian telecom providers since August 1, 2022; and
WHEREAS Canadian cellular communication tower infrastructure continues to have severe, life-threatening service gaps, particularly in our populated remote areas to keep us connected and united just as the original railway for us as a new country. residential areas; and
WHEREAS These lapses in service, in some cases, prevent Canadians from reaching emergency services resulting in preventable human tragedy such as during emergencies as house fires and automobile accidents
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, CITIZENS OF CANADA, CALL UPON THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
TO ensure that no residential area in Ontario is without reliable and dependable cellular service and access to emergency services such as 9-1-1 by directing the Canadian Radio & Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) to immediately review the integrity of Canada’s cellular infrastructure and provide a Quality of Service report to the House by the end of February 2024; and
TO direct the Standing Committee on Industry and Technology to undertake a study comprised of telecom service providers, consumers, public advocates, industry experts, and allowing written submission from the public to be entered into evidence and issue a report to the House of Commons by the end of March 2024; and
TO instruct the Minister of Heritage and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada to table with the House their departments’ policies, regulations, and directives demonstrating how they are meeting and plan to meet this public service crisis of telecommunications capacity and quality.
Add your voice to this issue now! Fill in the form below and stay up-to-date with our petition to the Government to ensure that these vital, and in some cases life-saving, services are available to all!
- Based on a September 2022 study by Finnish firm, Rewheel. https://research.rewheel.fi/downloads/The_state_of_4G_5G_pricing_17_release_1H2022_countries_PUBLIC_VERSION.pdf