The CRTC’s decision to mandate cable and satellite television distributors to offer an entry-level service to customers for no more than $25 per month may open the door to increased choice, but it also comes with a dark side for consumers who have been waiting for years for a break on their television bills.
The new rules, announced Thursday by chair and CEO Jean-Pierre Blais, requires television service providers to make the low-cost packages available no later than March 2016.
By December of next year, consumers who want more than just the basic package of local and regional stations, public interest channels, education outlets and community channels and services will be able to subscribe to additional channels a la carte as well as via small, affordable packages.
Consumers will also have the right to retain their existing television services, if they wish.
Be careful what you wish for
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