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OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom are trying to make the Internet like cable TV and we have to stop them

Last week, one of Canada’s Big Telecom giants announced a controversial new scheme that will give them more power to control how you use the Internet on your mobile devices – and, if we don’t speak up, the Big Three will soon follow suit.

Videotron wants the power to hand-choose which . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom are trying to make the Internet like cable TV and we have to stop them

OpenMedia.ca: Barking Technology: Bell still claims to have a right to charge customers for a non-existent service

Bell is continuing to fight to charge customers for a 911 service that did not exist…

Article by William Neilson for Barking Technology

The Toronto Sun has a rather shocking story of Bell Canada’s continued fight to assert that they were legally allowed to charge customers a monthly fee for a 911 service that did not . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Barking Technology: Bell still claims to have a right to charge customers for a non-existent service

OpenMedia.ca: Motherboard: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure

First Nations kids in Ontario found a solution to no high-speed, ridiculously expensive Internet service: they built their own infrastructure. Learn more below, and demand world-class Internet service for 100% of Canadians at UnblockCanada.ca

Article by Jordan Pearson for Motherboard

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OpenMedia.ca: Yahoo: Super-fast gigabit Internet service finally coming to (some) Canadians

Our own Josh Tabish explains in this article the importance of high-speed fibre Internet for all Canadians and why it took Canada so long to adopt this technology. 

Artice by Brian Chin for Yahoo News 

If you’re tired of waiting for your TV shows or movies to finish downloading, you can . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Yahoo: Super-fast gigabit Internet service finally coming to (some) Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: TechDirt: Comcast Admits Broadband Usage Caps Are A Cash Grab, Not An Engineering Necessity

And there you have it. Comcast – one of the most hated telecom companies in the world – just admitted that data caps are bogus. In Canada, we have a unique chance to end data caps through an ongoing CRTC hearing. Speak out at UnblockCanada.ca

Article by TechDirt

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OpenMedia.ca: Our crowdsourced policy became government policy. The CRTC heard your call, Canada.

We Won!

As you may have heard, a major ruling on Thursday from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ensures a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers.

In short, the ruling creates fair rules . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Our crowdsourced policy became government policy. The CRTC heard your call, Canada.

OpenMedia.ca: Only 24 hours left to demand faster, cheaper Internet for all Canadians

Only 24 Hours Remain

We have less than 24 hours to tell decision-makers at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to stop Big Telecom’s plan to keep us locked into some of the slowest, most expensive Internet services in the industrialized world. There’s never been a better time to demand . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Only 24 hours left to demand faster, cheaper Internet for all Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: Tell the CRTC in Your Own Words Why We Need Faster, Cheaper Internet

Bad news: Big Telecom giants are throwing every lawyer and lobbyist they have at a rapidly-approaching government hearing so they can block you from faster, cheaper Internet services.

If they get their way, Canadians will be continue to be stuck with embarrassingly slow Internet speeds speeds and fall even further . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Tell the CRTC in Your Own Words Why We Need Faster, Cheaper Internet

OpenMedia.ca: Not so fast Bell, Canadians are not thieves

New Bell Media chief Mary Ann Tucke started with the wrong foot with Netflix ‘stealing’ comment.

Article by Michael Geist

Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke sparked an uproar last week when she told a telecom conference that Canadians who use virtual private networks (VPNs) to access the U.S. version of Netflix . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Not so fast Bell, Canadians are not thieves

OpenMedia.ca: Bell shouldn’t punish Canadians with 3-year contracts for watching U.S. Netflix

Funny but true. Why do Big Telecoms insist on finding ways to punish Canadians?

Article by David Horrowitz

OTTAWA — At the Canadian Telecom Summit on Friday, the CRTC announced new laws that will punish Canadians illegally accessing American Netflix with a restrictive 3-year Bell TV+Internet+Home Phone bundle package.

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OpenMedia.ca: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day!

Good news Canada! June 3, 2015 is Cell Phone Freedom Day. Starting next Wednesday, three year contracts which have run for 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. For example, if you entered into a 3-year cell phone contract on June 3, 2013, you now have the option of . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day!

OpenMedia.ca: Cellphone Freedom Day! On June 3 you’ll be able to end your 3-year-contract for free

Starting June 3, three year contracts which have run or 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. Together, we helped make this code of conduct happen by developing our crowdsourced action plan for the future of our wireless market.

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OpenMedia.ca: Digital Endowment

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OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass on wireless carriers’ high prices

As cell phone customers reel from yet another Big Telecom price hike, it seems like our wireless market is moving backwards not forwards. Telecom expert and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass asks what will it take for Canadians to get the greater choice and lower prices we deserve.

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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: Should Rogers be allowed to block us from watching Hockey Night online?

Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters – and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans – and they’re . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Should Rogers be allowed to block us from watching Hockey Night online?

OpenMedia.ca: Financial Post: Industry Minister Moore blocks Bell and Rogers from obtaining Nextwave’s wireless spectrum

Ottawa has blocked telecom giants Bell and Rogers from gobbling up even more scarce and valuable wireless spectrum. Let’s keep up the pressure on Industry Minister Moore to rein in Big Telecom at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers

Article by Christine Dobby for Financial Post

TORONTO – Ottawa has blocked a bid by two of Canada’s . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Financial Post: Industry Minister Moore blocks Bell and Rogers from obtaining Nextwave’s wireless spectrum

OpenMedia.ca: As Big Telecom ramps up lobbying, will government cave?

It looks like Big Three telecom giants are fighting hard to maintain their stranglehold over our wireless market, and over Canadians’ wallets. The Big Three have been on the back foot since pressure from tens of thousands of Canadians won positive new customer protection rules last year, along with a clear government . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: As Big Telecom ramps up lobbying, will government cave?

OpenMedia.ca: National Post: Christine Dobby looks back at Canada’s telecom war of 2013

The National Post’s Christine Dobby looks back at Big Telecom’s efforts last year to limit your telecom choice. We know Big Telecom are gearing up for a huge fight in 2014 as they try to keep your bills sky-high.

Article by Christine Dobby for the National Post

Last summer a simmering dispute . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: National Post: Christine Dobby looks back at Canada’s telecom war of 2013

OpenMedia.ca: Minister Moore: Rein in Big Telecom

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OpenMedia.ca: We need a more competitive cell phone market.

With three big telecom companies controlling 92% of the Canadian mobile market, Canadians have been dissatisfied long enough for a separate group, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services, to have been created a few years ago.

This lack of choice is unacceptable and harmful for users. Demand more choice, better . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We need a more competitive cell phone market.

OpenMedia.ca: We’re working for you

With your support we’ve been able to share your cell phone horror stories with decision-makers at the CRTC, bring your messages directly to officials behind the TPP, and continue in amplifying Canadian voices on an international level.

Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing and digital rights activist, had this to say:

“At a time when . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We’re working for you

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: TekSavvy warns Canadians it has received requests for personal info

Independent Internet Service Provider TekSavvy has announced that an American film studio is demanding personal information of its Canadian customers – a motion that follows recent changes to Canadian copyright law.

In response, TekSavvy is taking a stance that aims to protect Canadian privacy – stating that it will not provide . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: TekSavvy warns Canadians it has received requests for personal info

OpenMedia.ca: How Canada’s online costs stack up worldwide

It’s no secret that when it comes to the Internet, Canadians pay higher prices for worse services than most countries in the industrialized world. This is largely because a handful of Big Telecom companies control upwards of 94% of the Internet service market in Canada, meaning that Canadians don’t have much real choice.

Big Telecom’s . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How Canada’s online costs stack up worldwide

OpenMedia.ca: Bell raises prices, Telus furthers usage limits: Big Telecom is hurting the Internet

This week, Canadians learned that big telecom company Telus will be further limiting how much its customers can use the Internet. Soon after, we learned that big telecom company Bell will be jacking up their prices for Internet. After fighting for Internet openness and affordability for years, the pro-Internet community knows: this . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Bell raises prices, Telus furthers usage limits: Big Telecom is hurting the Internet