TekSavvy: 66,000+ Letters Sent by Canadians to MPs Regarding High Wireless Bills

After launching paylesstoconnect.ca at the end of March, to allow Canadians to easily send letters to their Members of Parliament to demand lower wireless and internet bills, TekSavvy has provided an update on the progress of the site.

TekSavvy informs iPhone in Canada over 66,000 letters have been sent by consumers to MPs across the country.

The campaign is part of TekSavvy’s goal to support the CRTC’s recent proposal to lower Canadian wireless and internet bills. Public input on the proposal is open to comment until midnight tonight. Below is the text your letter to your local MP will note:

As a constituent in your riding, I am writing to express my frustration with the high price of internet and cell phone services, and to voice my support for the government’s new Policy Direction to improve the affordability of these services for Canadians.

Canadians simply require these services to stay connected at work and at home. Yet we pay too much and have very little choice. The market is controlled by a few large companies who take advantage of us and keep prices high. The Government of Canada and the CRTC have a responsibility to protect consumers by ensuring we have real choice and affordable options. It’s in the best interests of all Canadians.

The current system isn’t working. The CRTC needs to better serve Canadians, and put our interests first – ahead of the large telecom companies. I want and expect the CRTC to promote competition and affordability and to be held accountable for its actions. Otherwise, we won’t have any real choice and my bills will continue to eat up more and more of my household budget.

As your constituent, I am respectfully asking that you act to support the new Policy Direction and to protect consumer interests.

Thank you for hearing my concerns, I look forward to your response.

Five days ago, TekSavvy noted over 15,000 letters had been sent via paylesstoconnect.ca and now that number is at over 66,000.

A similar campaign is available from non-profit OpenMedia, to allow Canadians to send a letter to the government voicing your support for the CRTC to “put people first”.

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