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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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?
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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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…)
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.
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.
. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: City of Vancouver releases digital strategy while Industry Canada quietly continues to delay
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.
. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: City of Vancouver releases digital strategy, while Industry Canada quietly continues to delay
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.
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…)
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
. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Canadians demand choice in their local communities
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:
Co-authored by Catherine Hart
Canadians and even the CRTC 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, 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
. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How Telus lost its credibility.