CRTC Says Wireless Code Not Applicable to Enterprise Plans

by Istvan Fekete on October 10, 2014

The CRTC has issued a response to Telus’ application filed back in March requesting clarification regarding how the Wireless Code applies to two types of corporate wireless service plans (corporate plans) offered by TCC and other service providers: “corporate individual plans” and “employee purchase plans”. The Commission reiterated that the Code applies to retail mobile wireless voice and data services provided to individuals and small businesses.

What this means: The Wireless Code applies to all wireless plans where the contract is between (a) an individual and a service provider, or (b) a small business and a service provider. In addition, the CRTC emphasized that the new Code applies to all contracts between an individual and a wireless service provider where the individual is responsible for some or all of the charges related to the contract.

In light of the above, corporate individual plans and employee purchase plans fall under the category of plans regulated by the new Wireless Code, since they are described by Telus as wireless contracts where the individual is responsible for all the charges associated with the contract.

Accordingly, the Commission finds that both “corporate individual plans” and “employee purchase plans,” as they are described by TCC, are wireless contracts between an individual and a service provider where the individual is responsible for some or all charges associated with the contract, including but not limited to roaming and overage charges. Thus, the Commission clarifies that the Wireless Code applies to “corporate individual plans” and “employee purchase plans” as described by TCC.

The only exemption are “corporate plans”, since the contracted parties are the service provider and a medium or large business, and the individual isn’t responsible for the charges incurred.

The Wireless Code does not apply to “enterprise plans” as described by TCC, which are agreements between a service provider and a medium or large business where the individual using the service is not responsible for any of the charges incurred.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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