Even if you never have to make the call, you may have noticed that there is an additional 911 fee tacked on to your cell phone bill each and every month. Ontario resident Patricia Robson just can’t take it anymore, so she’s trying to launch a class action lawsuit against Rogers Wireless.
As it stands, Rogers charges its wireless customers an additional fee of 50 cents every month to pay for the necessary telecommunications infrastructure. This infrastructure is in place so that you can get in contact with the police, fire, and ambulance services on an emergency basis. According to Robson, the cost to Rogers is no more than $0.10 per subscriber.
To make matters even more interesting, Bell and Telus both charge 75 cents a month. That’s even worse than the 50 cents that Rogers charges. Anyhow, the CRTC says that it is up to the individual operators “to justify the higher 911 fees.”