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Telecommunications services are increasingly expensive for families

By Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu      

Canadian consumers do not need another charm and public relations offensive while the cost of living poses a major threat to their quality of life.

In his fall 2018 report, Auditor General Michael Ferguson, pictured in 2017, noted that accessibility to broadband high-speed Internet continues to lag behind for […] communities in rural and remote areas. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

According to Statistics Canada’s Survey of Household Spending, Canadian households spent an average of $2,246 on communication devices and services in 2016. Canadian consumers are right to be concerned about the evolution of broadcasting and telecommunications in recent years. They must spend more on internet services that have become both expensive and not easily accessible. Not only are they not strong enough to negotiate with suppliers, which operate as monopolies, they are faced with scarcity in cultural content.

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