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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 election platform packed with ideas from everyday citizens. It’s an initiative of digital rights group Openmedia, which is urging people to consider Canada’s digital future when casting their vote this election.

While OpenMedia won’t be endorsing any political party, it does plan to meet the main parties and report back (Read more…)

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

Until recently there weren’t a lot of options in Canada if you wanted gigabit Internet speeds at your house. A few small towns, such as Olds, Alta., rolled out municipal broadband, and several companies have launched pilot projects in condominium buildings.    But as of (Read more…)

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 content in an equal manner, were established in 2009. The policy is administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which releases quarterly reports on the number of complaints it receives and whether any have been escalated to enforcement actions.

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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’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers, says OpenMedia.ca.

In late 2014, OpenMedia delivered crowdsourced input from over 30,000 Canadians as part of the hearing that informed today’s decision–and is claiming victory.

The ruling is the first step towards ensuring small independent ISPs are able (Read more…)

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 Internet users can use to help build a better Internet.

To get the word out, we’ve assembled a team of all-star Internet experts and advocates to talk with you about the new tool, and the future of the net. Together, we’re hosting a Social Media Town Hall Q&A on (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

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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, a single mother, and a senior citizens’ organization, amongst other respondents, if they have their say in court.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:

“After over a year of unpaid hard work from citizens to convince policy-makers that Bell should (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

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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 and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.

The rules came after a massive, year-long grassroots campaign involving over 5 million people from across Canada, the U.S. and the globe. The campaign was organized by an inspiring coalition of open Internet (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

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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 a new way to ensure their voice is heard, in the run-up to the U.S. FCC’s crucial Net Neutrality decision next week. Internet freedom group OpenMedia, backed by a huge coalition including Daily Kos, Roots Action, The Nation, Tumblr, and others, will park a giant Jumbotron opposite FCC headquarters. (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Happy Holidays Internet community! We’ll be back in January!

  It’s been a busy, wacky, wonderful year here at OpenMedia and we’re ready for a break.    Enjoy your well-deserved time off, Internet community, and we’ll see you in the new year.   Happy Holidays!   – your OpenMedia team    

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OpenMedia.ca: Advocates celebrate new powers by oversight bodies to impose financial penalties on telecom companies that break the rules

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Following years-long campaign, CRTC is now empowered to levy financial penalties against telecom providers who mistreat customers

December 17, 2014 – This morning’s announcement of new powers allowing the CRTC to impose financial penalties against companies caught violating the Telecommunications Act comes in response to a key request made by OpenMedia in its crowdsourced Casting An Open Internet action plan. The plan called on government to “permit the CRTC to levy administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) that can be used to enforce transparency requirements and regulations.”

OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say about the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian Digital Rights Advocate invited to the White House to discuss controversial Internet Slow Lane rules with senior Obama Administration officials

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Invitation to White House follows successful campaign in which over 180,000 OpenMedia community members spoke out against Internet Slow Lane in just 7 days including tens of thousands of Canadians

OpenMedia.ca’s founder Steve Anderson will meet with senior White House staff on Tuesday Sept 23, as part of a delegation of civil society organizations and tech companies. The delegation will urge the Obama administration to come out in support of clear rules to prevent large telecom conglomerates from installing new slow lanes on the Internet undermining ‘net neutrality’ rules.

If large U.S. telecom companies get their (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians weigh in on CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearing through report released today: “The future of TV is the Internet”

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Community-based OpenMedia.ca release a crowdsourced report based on input from Canadians about priorities for the future of digital services in Canada.

September 19, 2014 – The voices of Canadians are being taken to the heart of a crucial CRTC Let’s Talk TV hearing on the future of digital services in Canada. Community-based OpenMedia.ca has compiled a report that brings together input from over 20,000 Canadians both online and offline from coast to coast. The report, entitled Connecting Canadians: The Future of TV is the Internet will be delivered to key decision-makers at the CRTC hearing taking (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Stop the Slow Lane – Let’s bring this campaign to a crescendo!

The last week has been remarkable. Our small team here at OpenMedia have been working flat out to amplify your voices against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan. Over 150,000 of you have spoken out on OpenMedia’s platform alone – joining a global movement 5 million strong.

We’re so thankful for your support and for everything you do. But we need your help one last time. Monday is the final deadline for an FCC consultation that could set a global standard for how deep-pocketed telecom conglomerates can slow or block your favourite websites. We need to bring this campaign to (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Beta Boston: FCC comment system goes down as millions speaking out against Internet slow lanes

We did it again, folks! So many people are speaking out against Internet slow lanes that we crashed the FCC’s comment system! Monday is crucial – the final deadline to speak out against Internet Slow Lanes. Let’s bring this incredible campaign to a crescendo by joining our Thunderclap at http://thndr.it/1tOaTFN

Article by Nidhi Subbaraman for Beta Boston

One day after major tech companies like Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, and others, staged a Web-wide protest against a proposed move to give telecom providers “fast lanes,” the number of people writing in about the “open Internet” and net neutrality has overwhelmed the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian group hosts international platform for massive Internet Slowdown Day to show what Internet would be like if we lost net neutrality rules

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OpenMedia.ca joins with major websites Netflix, reddit, and huge coalition as experts warn of damaging consequences for Canada if net neutrality is undermined in U.S. or here in Canada

September 10, 2014 – Vancouver-based digital rights group OpenMedia.ca is joining with Netflix, reddit, Vimeo, and a huge international coalition to support Internet Slowdown Day. Dozens of major websites have agreed to show their users a perpetual ‘loading’ icon, to symbolize how the loss of net neutrality rules could slow many favourite websites to a crawl. To support the day of action OpenMedia.ca is hosting (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: World comes together for week of action against Big Telecom attempts to make Internet slower and more expensive

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Grassroots Week of Action organized by Canadian Internet freedom group OpenMedia is launched against a backdrop of crucial upcoming decisions that could force hundreds of millions into an Internet slow lane

September 8, 2014 – Millions of Internet users from across the globe are standing together to defend the open Internet, and push back against attempts by large telecom conglomerates to undermine net neutrality and consign millions to an Internet slow lane. That’s the message of a huge new international campaign led by Canadian Internet freedom group OpenMedia, launching this morning.

OpenMedia (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government proposals on wireless broadband are positive step forward for rural Canadians

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OpenMedia.ca is welcoming Industry Canada’s announcement that it will speed up the process of issuing 3500 MHz spectrum licences for wireless broadband services in rural areas. The community-based organization says this is positive news for Canadians living in regions typically underserved by Big Telecom conglomerates. The government also announced it will not renew the spectrum licences of providers who fail to deliver services.

“Every Canadian should be able to access reliable, affordable broadband Internet,” said OpenMedia.ca spokesperson David Christopher. “It’s good news that the government plans to crack down on telecom companies that hoard valuable wireless (Read more…)

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…)