Landmark survey reveals unprecedented level of consumer frustration; lack of fairness, affordability and choice seen as creating anti-consumer telecommunications environment
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – The majority of customers of large telecommunications firms in Canada feel frustrated to be paying some of the highest prices in the world for home Internet and almost half feel trapped by their current provider. These and other survey findings confirm an unprecedented level of Canadian consumer dissatisfaction, frustration and cynicism based on their treatment by large telecommunications providers.
Conducted by Leger on behalf of Distributel Communications Ltd., this national survey entitled Broken Connection: Canadian Consumers’ Views on Large Telecommunications Providers, showcases clear insight into Canadians’ perception of the affordability, service, value and respect they are receiving from the large telecommunications providers.
“Achieving a truly competitive telecommunications marketplace is the best way to ensure that Canadians across the country have access to the benefits of consumer choice,” said Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel. “However, the results of this survey paint a picture of Canadians who are frustrated that the large incumbent Internet service providers rely on the lack of competition and choice to maintain the status quo.”
The results are being released at the annual Canadian ISP Summit, a conference designed for communications service providers across the country. The Summit allows attendees to address the issues that matter most to Canadian consumers, the challenges and opportunities of the current business environment and how the industry can thrive amidst change.
“The ISP Summit is the ideal forum for all players in the industry to have productive consumer-focused discussions on where the industry is headed and how we can all come together to better meet the needs of Canadians through increased fairness, affordability, choice and competition,” said Mr. Stein.
The following is an overview of select survey findings:
In August, after an exhaustive three-year review, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) corrected wholesale Internet rates and lowered them to a fair and reasonable level to ensure that Canadian consumers will benefit form a competitive marketplace. In doing so, the CRTC opened the door for the industry to invest, innovate and offer enhanced services at fair prices. However, in mid-September six of Canada’s largest Internet service providers asked the Federal Court of Appeal to overrule the August decision and by the end of the month, the Court issued a temporary stay of the CRTC decision, further delaying the intended benefits to Canadian consumers.“Canadians have clearly voiced their concern about the status quo created by the large telecommunications firms,” said Stein. “The limits they have deliberately placed on consumer choice, fairness, affordability and competition have led to unacceptable levels of dissatisfaction. And when 40 percent of their customers say they want to change companies but feel trapped by their current provider, that’s a clear sign that the status quo is not serving Canadians.”
About the Survey
Broken Connection: Canadian Consumers’ Views on Large Telecommunications Providers, an online survey of 1,535 Canadians was completed between October 18-21, 2019, using Leger’s online panel. The margin of error for this study was +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
Established in 1988, Distributel is a leading national, independent telecommunications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services. 100% Canadian-owned, with offices across the country and a national network, Distributel continues to forge new partnerships and bring innovative solutions to market directly and through a thriving wholesale division. ThinkTel, the Business Services Division of Distributel, is a provider of advanced voice and data services for the SMB and Enterprise markets throughout Canada. TV services provided through Zazeen Inc., an IPTV service provider that operates in Ontario and Quebec. As a top Microsoft Solutions Partner and a Cisco PMP, the Business Services division is focused on driving industry innovation. For more information, visit: www.distributel.ca.