CCSA Responds to MVNO Decision

QUISPAMSIS (NB), April 15, 2021 – The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) is very disappointed that the CRTC today denied Canadians access to more choice and cheaper prices for mobile phone services.

In a long-anticipated decision released today, the CRTC rejected wide-spread calls by Canadian consumers and potential new wireless providers to support new competitors in the delivery of mobile phone services. Instead, while taking many words to do it, the CRTC simply upheld the status quo.

“Today’s decision is a big blow for Canadians, especially those living outside of the major urban centres, who have now been denied the opportunity to have more choice in selecting their mobile provider and to benefit from the cost savings and innovation that competition would generate for them,” said Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA. “Despite their numerous complaints about lack of choice and resulting high prices, Canadians will be forever stuck with the same few mobile providers they have now as a result of this unfortunate status quo decision.”  



The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) represents more than 100 Independent companies providing bundled internet, TV & telephone services to hundreds of thousands of Canadians in communities generally outside urban markets, from coast to coast to coast. CCSA Members include community cooperatives, family businesses, municipalities and companies owned by Indigenous Peoples. The majority of CCSA Member companies have been unable to offer any form of mobile wireless service to the communities they serve; today’s CRTC decision will perpetuate that gap. For more information, visit



Cheryl Mangusso
Manager, Communications                                                                                           
Phone: (506) 849-1334 ext. 217