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OpenMedia.ca: Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

OpenMedia.ca: Daily Dot: What does a new government mean for Canada’s Internet?

Our own Josh Tabish and Laura Tribe tell us what to expect from the new government on Canada’s digital policy. 

Article by Josh Tabish and Laura Tribe for The Daily Dot

Monday night’s results are clear: Canada now has a Liberal majority government. So what does that mean for the future of the Internet in Canada?

. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Daily Dot: What does a new government mean for Canada’s Internet?

OpenMedia.ca: The votes are in! Now here’s what’s next…

Well, what a night that was! Like many of you, the OpenMedia team was up late watching the results roll in, and working out what it all means for our digital future.

This morning as the dust is settling, the overall result is clear. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have swept to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The votes are in! Now here’s what’s next…

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Real Change on Digital Policy May Take Time Under New Liberal Government

The election is finally over, and your OpenMedia team is looking forward to working with the new government on our Internet issues. This is a big opportunity for change, join us in the fight for a better digital future!

Article by Michael Geist

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OpenMedia.ca: This Monday, let’s get out the vote! Here’s all you need to know

It’s finally here! After the longest campaign in Canadian history, it’s time to cast your vote.

This election, the stakes couldn’t be higher on protecting your rights to privacy and free expression, closing the digital divide, and protecting our digital future. It could decide our Internet freedom for generations. If enough . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: This Monday, let’s get out the vote! Here’s all you need to know

OpenMedia.ca: VancityBuzz: 18 awesome early voter photos from Instagram

It might surprise you, but people vote when they think everyone else is voting. 

This election is the most important Internet users have ever faced. The stakes couldn’t be higher for affordable Internet access, online privacy, and free expression. Don’t miss out, make sure your voice is heard!

Article by VancityBuzz . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: VancityBuzz: 18 awesome early voter photos from Instagram

OpenMedia.ca: Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

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As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians

October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

OpenMedia.ca: How big is Big Telecom? Just how concentrated is the Canadian media landscape?

So, just how big is Big Telecom? 

Our friends at the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, led by Carleton University Professor (and OpenMedia friend) Dwayne Winseck, have sought to answer exactly that question.

In a new blog post they ask:

Ever wonder who the main companies are that make up and shape the media, telecoms . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How big is Big Telecom? Just how concentrated is the Canadian media landscape?

OpenMedia.ca: Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

Well, the calendar has just flipped over to October, which can only mean one thing: we’re just under three weeks from an election that’s going to be absolutely crucial for our digital future.

There’s no doubt this election represents a crossroads for Canada’s Internet. There’s so much on the line: . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue.

Less than 3 weeks away from the election, and still no mention of universal, affordable broadband Internet access…Why are political parties silent on this issue?

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

The long election campaign of 2015 has featured a myriad of daily policy announcements as the three . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue.

OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Bridging Toronto’s real digital divide

It turns out more choice = more savings in Canada’s broadband Internet market. But there’s a catch – the digital divide isn’t just rural/remote vs. urban anymore. Check out how over 70% of people in Canada’s largest city are being left behind when it comes to super-fast fibre Internet. And be sure . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Bridging Toronto’s real digital divide

CuriosityCat: If the “hole” in the Liberal 4-year Plan is not $6.5 billion, then explain how big it is

The presentation of the Liberal plan leaves something to be desired, with the Conservatives blethering about a $6.5 billion hole that will be filled with tax increases on the middle class and on seniors, and the NDP just going on about everything in general. Here’s one explanation in Macleans of the incredible shrinking hole . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: If the “hole” in the Liberal 4-year Plan is not $6.5 billion, then explain how big it is

CuriosityCat: Quick summary of the Liberal 4-year Plan

So what is in the Liberal spending plan? You can find the plan itself at this site. The plan is well-written, with a clear explanation of the principles that underlie it, a good layout of the major expenditure and revenue items, and a comparison of the different governance values that drive the Liberal plan . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Quick summary of the Liberal 4-year Plan

OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom could slip new slow lane powers into a U.S. bill that has nothing to do with the Internet

A few days ago, OpenMedia helped our campaign partners at Demand Progress add the names of thousands of Internet users to a historic legal defense of the Net Neutrality rules that are currently being challenged in court by Big Telecom in the U.S.

As you may recall, the rules being . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom could slip new slow lane powers into a U.S. bill that has nothing to do with the Internet

OpenMedia.ca: Candidates are being flooded with our emails, and it’s working!

It’s election time! And your OpenMedia team has been working very hard to make sure Canadians have a direct and easy way to demand candidates from all parties speak up for the Internet we love and deserve. That’s why we’ve launched a handy tool for you to tell your candidates to become . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Candidates are being flooded with our emails, and it’s working!

OpenMedia.ca: Elizabeth May becomes first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s pro-Internet Action Plan

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Digital rights group is calling on all political parties and candidates to endorse pro-Internet plan crowdsourced from over 250,000 Canadians

September 15, 2015 – Green Party leader Elizabeth May has become the first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. In an open letter . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Elizabeth May becomes first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s pro-Internet Action Plan

CuriosityCat: Forum Poll: More Canadians believe Liberal economic plan is the best

Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars to promote their Action Plan, most Canadians (52%) do not think Harper’s economic plan is successful. Less than 1 in 4 think it is a success.

That’s bad news if you are running to be the next government, with your ads saying your leader is “not perfect”. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Forum Poll: More Canadians believe Liberal economic plan is the best

OpenMedia.ca: Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet

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Digital rights group OpenMedia releases comprehensive election platform packed with ideas crowdsourced from Canadians

August 27, 2015 – It’s as if the entire city of London Ontario banded together to save the Internet. Shaped by more than 250,000 people and launching today, Canada’s Digital Future is a crowd-sourced . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet

OpenMedia.ca: Globe & Mail: Bell’s new fibre service comes with a super-high price tag attached

In Sandy, Oregon residents pay just US $60 a month (about $80 Canadian) for symmetrical gigabit fibre Internet. Here in Canada, telecom giant Bell is charging $150 for a service with capped upload speeds. If you’ve had enough, speak out at UnblockCanada.ca today.

Article by Shane Dingman for The Globe and Mail

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OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Isn’t it time we gave Canada’s Net Neutrality protections some teeth?

Canada’s telecom giants are continuing to over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to speed and connectivity. Isn’t it time we started penalizing ISPs who flout the rules?   Article by Prof. Michael Geist   Canada’s net neutrality rules, which require Internet providers to disclose how they manage their networks and to treat . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Isn’t it time we gave Canada’s Net Neutrality protections some teeth?

OpenMedia.ca: In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access

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New rules ensure that Canadians will be able to access an affordable range of services from a variety of providers outside Canada’s telecom giants

July 22, 2015 – A major ruling today from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) signals a significant step forward for Canadians’ . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access

OpenMedia.ca: We are hosting a Social Media Town Hall Q&A on the state of Canada’s Internet. Join us!

As you may have heard, OpenMedia has been collaborating with experts at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to launch a new open source Internet Performance Test that will help us better understand Canada’s Internet. By using the tool, you’ll help build a wealth of knowledge that researchers, policy-makers, and everyday . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We are hosting a Social Media Town Hall Q&A on the state of Canada’s Internet. Join us!

OpenMedia.ca: Federal Court of Appeal allows Bell Mobility to challenge university student, single mother, seniors’ organization and others in court over recent CRTC ruling on Mobile TV

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April 2, 2015 – Today’s the Federal Court of Appeal announced that Bell Mobility will be allowed to challenge a recent CRTC decision prohibiting the telecom giant from making competing apps and services more expensive. The decision means that Bell could potentially seek legal costs from university student Ben Klass, . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Federal Court of Appeal allows Bell Mobility to challenge university student, single mother, seniors’ organization and others in court over recent CRTC ruling on Mobile TV

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality

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Year-long campaign ends in victory, after massive global coalition unites to stop telecom conglomerates’ plan to force millions of websites into an Internet slow lane.

February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality

OpenMedia.ca: Messages from Internet users to be beamed on Giant Jumbotron outside U.S. FCC, in run-up to crucial Net Neutrality decision with major implications for Canada

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Vancouver-based Internet freedom group OpenMedia, with support from diverse coalition, including Daily Kos, Tumblr, Fark, The Center for Media Justice, Roots Action, and The Nation, to park giant Jumbotron outside FCC headquarters and stream thousands of messages and images from citizens

February 18, 2015 – Internet users have . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Messages from Internet users to be beamed on Giant Jumbotron outside U.S. FCC, in run-up to crucial Net Neutrality decision with major implications for Canada