Canadian government intervenes in texting crisis
July 9th, 2008

The Canadian government stepped into a growing crisis over telco texting charges.

[Industry Minister] Prentice sent letters to the chief executive officer of Bell Mobility, a unit of BCE, and Telus asking them to meet with him before Aug. 8, the date Bell plans to introduce its new charge.

The meeting – a highly unusual move by a Conservative government that has sought to partly deregulate the telecommunications industry – would take place “with a view to finding a solution that provides the best service to consumers at the best price,” Mr. Prentice said.

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Telus defended its decision, saying the volume of text messages has skyrocketed and most U.S. carriers already charge for getting them.

There are more than 20 million wireless phone subscribers in Canada and they send more than 45.3 million text messages a day, an industry group says.

(thanks to Randy McCall)

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