Back in February, the B.C. NDP government outlined in their 2019 throne speech a goal to increase consumer protections, such as lowering cellphone bills.
This week, the provincial government launched a public questionnaire, asking B.C. residents “to share their views and experiences regarding cellphone contracts.”
“The goal is to identify ways to promote transparency and fairness and aid government in reviewing B.C.’s current consumer protection laws. This public survey also gauges an individual’s knowledge about their rights under the federal Wireless Code,” explains a press release.
The survey launched on May 29, 2019, and goes until July 5, 2019. The government says results of the survey will be “summarized and included in a public report.”
“Cellphones are a part of everyday life and people deserve to understand where their money is going and have tools to make informed choices about their cellphone services,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, in a statement. “We will also use the results to advocate for British Columbians’ concerns to the federal government and encourage the delivery of more flexible, transparent and affordable cellphone options in B.C.”
According to the description of the cellphone survey page, it says public consultation will be used to lobby the federal government to “deliver more affordable cellphone option.” The public survey can be accessed here.
BC Liberal Jobs, Trades and Technology Critic Jas Johal told the media the survey was a disappointment, saying, “In my personal opinion, they’re chasing headlines, nothing more, nothing less,” referring to the NDP, adding the only way to lower data prices is with more competition, citing Freedom Mobile’s $50/10GB plan.