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OpenMedia.ca: Industry Canada’s broadband plan will still leave rural Canadians struggling to catch up

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This morning’s Industry Canada rural broadband announcement will still leave many Canadians struggling to catch up with our global counterparts when it comes to broadband access, reliability, and speed. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is campaigning for every Canadian to have quality, affordable broadband.

“Once again we see Industry Canada reheating previous announcements rather than making the dedicated investments and policy changes other countries are making,” says OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson. “The government continues to flog their unambitious digital policy, while avoiding the bold action needed to connect Canadians to the cutting-edge digital (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian Internet freedom group launches campaign against proposed Internet Slow Lane plan in the U.S.

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Crucial U.S. FCC meeting on Thursday could mean many of Canadians’ favourite websites and online services slow to a crawl due to the gutting “Net Neutrality” rules.

May 13, 2014 – Canadians and Americans are working together to prevent drastic new proposals that could see many favourite websites slow to a crawl. Leading Canadian Internet freedom group OpenMedia.ca has teamed up with The Nation magazine and other groups to launch a cross border online campaign aimed at stopping the plan.

Key decision-makers at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meet Thursday to discuss a proposal (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Vice: Canada’s Internet sucks and the government has no real plan to improve it

Our digital future looks pretty pathetic. Check out our own Chris Malmo’s unflinching account of the failures of the government’s Digital Canada 150.

Article by Chris Malmo for Vice

Remember back in college when you had an overdue paper to write for a class you didn’t really seem to care much about? Did you ever just “repurpose” a decent paper you’d already written last year, sprinkle in a few new items so it’s not plagiarism (it’s not, amiright?), and hand that shit in on your way to the liquor store? Well, you’re in good company, because this is exactly (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: David Ellis: Digital Canada 150: The ‘strategy’ without a strategy

Experts are slamming the government’s recently released Digital Canada plan. This analysis from David Ellis highlights how the plan’s lack of strategy means Canada will fall further behind other industrialized nations. All this while the digital divide continues to grow. Want more from our digital future? Visit https://OpenMedia.ca/endowment to push for change.

Article by David Ellis

Four years and they give us 26 lousy pages?

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OpenMedia.ca: Michael Geist: The outlook for Canada’s digital future is not rosy

BY THE NUMBERS: the government’s Digital Canada 150 plan will allow Canada to fall behind other industrialized nations and worsen the digital divide between Canadians. Think that’s not good enough? Speak out at http://OpenMedia.ca/Endowment

Article by Michael Geist

The release of Digital Canada 150, the federal government’s long-awaited digital strategy, included a clear connectivity goal: 98 percent access to 5 Mbps download speeds by 2019. While the government promises to spend $305 million on rural broadband over the next five years and touts the goal as “a rate that enables e-commerce, high-resolution video, employment opportunities and distance education”, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Michael Geist: Canada’s digital strategy not keeping up with international standards

Compared to other industrialized nations, Canada’s Digital strategy lags far behind on increasing access, speed, and affordability. We can do better. Check out this Michael Geist piece comparing Canada’s recent Digital 150 document to the digital strategies of Australia and the U.K.

Article by Michael Geist

In my first post on Digital Canada 150, Canada’s digital strategy, I argued that it provided a summation of past accomplishments and some guidance on future policies, but that it was curiously lacking in actual strategies and goals. Yesterday I reviewed how Canada’s universal broadband access target lags behind much of the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: ITbuisness.ca: James Moore’s Digital Strategy offers nothing new for Canadians

Despite high hopes, Industry Minister Moore’s Digital Strategy was a huge let-down. It looks like Canada will continue falling behind. Canadians deserve so much more – help us demand better at https://openmedia.ca/endowment

Article by Brian Jackson for Itbusiness.ca

It was a long time in the making, and it wasn’t worth the wait.

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OpenMedia.ca: Top 5 things you need to know about the government’s long-awaited digital economy strategy

We were starting to worry this day would never come. But, lo and behold, here it is: the government has finally announced its long-awaited digital economy strategy, Digital Canada 150.

So, what’s the good news? While there are a few positive measures in the strategy, they amount to little more than a repackaging of previous government announcements and existing government programmes. In other words, the ‘good news’ is kind of ‘old news’. And the bad news? Well, the strategy will definitely leave Canadians in the slow lane, as the plan fails to tackle Canada’s national digital deficit and stark digital (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government’s digital strategy leaves Canada stuck in the slow lane – fails to tackle stark digital divide and national digital deficit

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Canadians deserve so much more than just warmed-up leftovers from previous government announcements: new strategy means Canada will likely fall even further behind its global counterparts on Internet affordability, access, and speed

April 4, 2014 – The government’s long-awaited new digital strategy announced this morning will disappoint Canadians who had been hoping for bold moves to tackle our national digital deficit and stark digital divide. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which has spent years campaigning for all Canadians to have affordable, world class Internet access.

Many of the measures announced by Industry Minister James Moore today, while (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: With Canada plummeting in Internet world rankings, Canadians tell Minister Moore not to squander our $5.2bn Digital Endowment

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Government should invest digital windfall from sale of public spectrum assets into tackling Canada’s national digital deficit and growing digital divide

March 26, 2014 – Canada has a unique opportunity to tackle its growing digital divide – but the government must take action to ensure this chance isn’t squandered. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is launching a new campaign urging the government to invest funds from its recent sale of public spectrum assets into ensuring all Canadians have independent access to high-speed, world-class Internet.

The campaign is being launched just seven days before the government receives (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Canadian upload speeds among worst in industrialized world

Canada is falling further and further behind our global counterparts when it comes to high-speed Internet. Tell decision-makers to drop the Big Telecom deadweight that’s holding our country back: https://openmedia.ca/deadweight

Article by Peter Nowak for CBC News

In a busy week, Jeremy Phan might do 10 photo shoots for various business clients, each typically taking about five or six hours and resulting in two to five gigabytes worth of images. But that’s only half the job.

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OpenMedia.ca: New report: Canada falling further behind global counterparts on Internet access

This week, experts at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) – the body that oversees Canada’s .ca domain – released their 2014 Factbook, which chronicles Canada’s advancement on Internet issues over the past year. The Factbook investigates how well-positioned Canadians are in the areas of access, cost, and usage.

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OpenMedia.ca: Federal budget investment in rural broadband welcome but it must not be used to entrench Big Telecom’s poor service

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Community-based OpenMedia.ca says $2bn investment and open access requirements needed to ensure rural Canadians have quality Internet service independent of the high costs and slow speeds offered by Canada’s Big Telecom giants

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 – Today’s announcement of $305m over 5 years in new government investment to improve rural broadband service is a welcome start, but more action is required to tackle the high prices and poor service faced by rural Canadians. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which says $2 billion and open access requirements are needed to build an alternative to the slow and (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: A pro-Internet Top 10 to do list for James Moore

Ensuring Canada has an accessible, affordable, surveillance-free, and open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness.

We now have a new, heavyweight Industry Minister in James Moore – someone with the power and influence to take on Canada’s entrenched Big Telecom giants. Expectations for Minister Moore are high, with citizens expecting him to deliver real change to ensure that all Canadians can enjoy fast, affordable, and ubiquitous Internet service.

OpenMedia.ca has worked with thousands of Canadians across the country to develop a clear action plan for a connected Canada – a plan Canadians expect Minister Moore (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: These ideas = success

We are constantly amazed, but never surprised, at what the pro-Internet community can accomplish when we work together. With a couple clicks and a few keystrokes, we can share our thoughts across the world at 300,000 km/second. That’s pretty incredible when you step back and think about it.

The Internet gives us great power to join our diverse voices together to work for good. Now, we need you to tell us how we’re doing to harness that power. Please take our brief supporter survey now and let us know where you want to see this movement go.

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OpenMedia.ca: How we’re doing as we demand choice in our cell phone market

You wouldn’t believe just how well things are going with the campaign to demand more choice in Canada’s cell phone market. From its humble beginning as a letter-writing campaign asking the CRTC to develop national rules to protect cell phone users, the Demand Choice campaign is hitting a stride, and now includes (but is not limited to) a toolkit for mistreated cell phone users, a citizen-powered study, a letter-to-the-editor tool, and a petition that’s tens-of-thousands of Canadians strong.

It’s thanks to the amazing pro-Internet community that more and more Canadians are learning about the stunning lack of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Your cell phone stories are making decision-makers sit up and take action

After reading your stories in our cell phone report, Ontario is now looking to put forward cell phone rules that include making cancellation easy and straightforward. Thanks to your efforts, we’re seeing decision-makers take notice of Canadians’ concerns and moving towards pro-citizen actions.

Article by Christine Dobby for The Financial Post:

Ontario’s minority Liberal government said Thursday it plans to table legislation that would govern cellphone contracts in the province.

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OpenMedia.ca: City of Vancouver releases digital strategy while Industry Canada quietly continues to delay

As Canadians wait with increasingly less patience for Industry Canada’s long-promised digital strategy, it appears that one city is taking matters into its own hands. From their mountainous British Columbia home, councillors of the City of Vancouver have crafted a plan that includes providing public wi-fi, sponsoring digital literacy programs, and creating a dedicated “digital services” department.

The Digital Strategy is slated to be implemented over a four year period, and is valued at approximately $30 million.

We at OpenMedia.ca have decried the ongoing delays in the federal government’s digital strategy—one promised four years ago—and we’re now lauding the (Read more…) of Vancouver’s plans, agreeing that they take steps toward a more vibrant digital future for Vancouverites.

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OpenMedia.ca: City of Vancouver releases digital strategy, while Industry Canada quietly continues to delay

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OpenMedia.ca lauds Vancouver plan, stating that a strategy is crucial for a vibrant digital future

April 16, 2013 – As Canadians wait with increasingly less patience for Industry Canada’s long-promised digital strategy, it appears that one city is taking matters into its own hands. From their mountainous British Columbia home, councillors of the City of Vancouver have crafted a plan that includes providing public wi-fi, sponsoring digital literacy programs, and creating a dedicated “digital services” department.

The Digital Strategy is slated to be implemented over a four year period, and is valued at approximately $30 million.

OpenMedia. (Read more…) a pro-Internet citizens’ group that has decried the ongoing delays in the federal government’s digital strategy—one promised four years ago—is lauding the City of Vancouver’s plans, agreeing that they take steps toward a more vibrant digital future for Vancouverites.

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OpenMedia.ca: Woah! Take a look at these Internet speeds.

Woah! In Japan, some very fast Internet speeds (at 2Gbps download, 1Gbps upload) were just introduced. These speeds are so much faster than in Canada that our Internet operates at a snail’s pace in comparison. The Internet has become an integral part of our everyday communications, and Canadians deserve a fast, affordable Internet that reflects this.

Article by Peter Suciu for redOrbit:

Traffic on the highways in Japan often moves along at a snail’s pace most of the day and is total gridlock at rush hour. However, the country does know a thing or two about moving along at high (Read more…). Japan’s Skinkansen – or bullet train – remains one of the fastest in the world and last year the island nation’s Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) unveiled a prototype of what promises to deliver even faster train service to Japan. Moving people . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Woah! Take a look at these Internet speeds.

OpenMedia.ca: Why Your High Cell Phone Bills Have Nothing To Do With The Size of Canada

Canada’s broken cell phone market has come under a lot of public scrutiny of late, with the CRTC trying to establish a set of minimum standards for wireless providers; the release of OpenMedia.ca’s citizen-powered report, Time For An Upgrade, which demonstrated the systematic mistreatment that cell phone users suffer due to this dysfunctional market; and Industry Minister Christian Paradis coming under pressure over Big Telecom’s bid to take over scarce wireless resources meant for new independent providers.

In the face of all this critical opposition, Big Telecom has been unwavering in their defense of their practices, insisting that (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians demand choice in their local communities

Thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word about Canadians’ real experiences in our broken cell phone market and our citizen-powered action plan to fix it. Check out this letter from Christopher Anderson in North Shore News as he shows how Canadians really feel about our cell phone market.

Letter from Christopher Anderson, appearing in North Shore News:

Why do we all tolerate such bad deals on our cellphones? Canadians pay some of the highest cellphone fees and are forced into some of the worst contracts in the industrialized world.

Our broken cellphone market limits our use

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OpenMedia.ca: Progress In Canada’s High Internet Pricing — Indie ISPs lowering rates

Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of Canadians, it looks like independent ISPs like Teksavvy, Distributel, Acanac, and Start are finally gaining the ability to do what Canadians need them to do: provide independent affordable Internet services, and in so doing provide a check on Big Telecom price-gouging.

For example, indie ISP TekSavvy recently announced that they are lowering their DSL prices by about 18% on average. This is a big deal – and it’s been a long time coming.

Here’s the step-by-step of what happened:

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OpenMedia.ca: How Telus lost its credibility.

Co-authored by Catherine Hart

Canadians and even the CRTC[1] know our cell phone market is broken. Canadians pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst service in the industrialized world, and, as we showed in our recent report,[2] we’ve been subjected to systemic mistreatment by the Big Three cell phone providers. Big Telecom lobbyists have responded to these findings by essentially plugging their ears and callously refusing to take ownership over these experiences.

A case in point is the 42-page response to our report (nearly as long as our report itself) that was recently

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OpenMedia.ca: Mythbusting Big Telecom Talking Points

Check it out as wireless industry expert Peter Nowak takes another run at “debunking, yet again, another set of wireless myths” from Big Telecom about the Canadian cell phone market. Let’s show Big Telecom we won’t put up with their head-in-the-sand attitude.

Article by Peter Nowak:

A little while ago, I promised I’d respond in greater depth to some comments made by Craig McTaggart, Telus’s head of broadband policy, in his 42-page paper that delightfully borrows Cher’s “Turn Back Time” title.

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