If we’re going to take Bell to task for raising rates during a massive global disease outbreak, it’s only fair that we do the same when Rogers follows suit.
Yesterday I cracked open our latest bill and was greeted by the news that, starting in May, the monthly price for our internet service would be increasing by $4 and that the rates for our television generally and WWE Network specifically would each be going up by $2.
Not cool guys, not cool.
It is worth noting, however, that the invoice date listed on our bill is March 15th, which means there’s a decent chance that any news bad or otherwise was written before we knew just how bad things were about to get and couldn’t be removed. Supporting that theory is the fact that there were no mentions of COVID-19 anywhere in our bill, in particular the service change announcements where you would expect to find such things as store closures, how they’re dealing with tasks requiring home visits, bandwidth cap lifts, free TV stations, free Microsoft products, etc. I don’t know for sure that this is what happened, but it seems logical. And if that’s what happened here, it could also be the case with Bell’s recent announcement.
Of course, it could also be the case that both companies are just being dicks, making sure that they don’t lose any money giving us all this “free” stuff.
Hopefully I’m right with option A and they’re just playing catch-up and trying to get their houses in order like the rest of us. I’m fully prepared to be disappointed, but I’m totally up for a pleasant surprise.
Ball’s in your court, fellas.