The CRTC yesterday rejected a 12 percent increase in rates for “skinny basic” cable and satellite TV. Data show more than a million Canadians subscribe to $25 monthly packages introduced in 2015.

“There is not a financial justification for the proposed increase that would outweigh the goal of providing Canadians with an affordable entry level basic service,” the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission wrote in its Decision 2023-308. “In the Commission’s view the applicants have not demonstrated compelling evidence justifying the proposed increase to the maximum price for the small basic service and sees no direct benefit to approving the application for Canadians.”

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