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
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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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 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.
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.
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…)
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