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Cowichan Conversations: One Mistake, Changed the Lives of These Innocent People

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Insane! Ludicrous! Plaid!

I knew this was a Spaceballs movie reference when I heard “ludicrous mode”. “Ludicrous speed” is attained by a spaceship in the Spaceballs movie.

#Tesla Roadster in my driveway on Canada Day. pic.twitter.com/x1TX0GpVhe

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 3, 2015

It leaves us wondering what comes next for Tesla. Bizarre Mode? Singularity Generator? A test track built around the Large Hadron Collider? Actually, Musk is, yet again, one step ahead.

In a statement, the billionaire hinted: “There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: T-Mobile free roaming initiative could add fuel to Canada’s wireless market

T-Mobile announced yesterday it will allow its American customers use their service in Canada and Mexico with no extra fees (that’s right, free roaming). This new initiative puts the Big Three’s roaming plans to shame. Why can’t Canadians have nice things?

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

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OpenMedia.ca: Wireless prices are so high that a black market is now emerging

Cheaper plans being sold on Kijiji? This has got to stop! 

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

You know wireless pricing in Canada is messed up when there’s a black market emerging to provide people with better deals.

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OpenMedia.ca: Rogers is officially approved to take control of Mobilicity

This will mean fewer choices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation.  Speak out now at http://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers

Article by Ian Hardy for Mobile Syrup

Rogers announced today it has received all governmental, creditor and court approvals to officially acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum and subscriber base, as well as Shaw’s AWS spectrum.

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OpenMedia.ca: Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

This article was originally published at Rabble.ca

If you’re a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don’t need an official report to tell you that you’re paying way over the odds.

A glance at your monthly phone bill should be more than enough to remind you that Canadians really do pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for this basic necessity of modern day life.

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OpenMedia.ca: CBC News: Are wireless prices set to rise further, following Rogers’ gobbling-up of Mobilicity?

  Canadians are worried they’ll be stuck with ridiculously-priced cell phone plans, following Rogers’ acquisition of indie provider Mobilicity earlier this week.   Don’t forget to speak out and tell James Moore to rein in Big Telecom gatekeepers.   Article by Sophia Harris for CBC News   ​Rogers has gobbled up troubled small carrier Mobilicity and the federal government is declaring it a victory for consumers.   Almost two years ago, Ottawa launched a glitzy $9-million ad campaign to let Canadians know it was fighting for their right to cheaper cellphone prices and more choice.   But with rising prices (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: More power to the Big Three, less choice to Canadians

The new Rogers/Mobilicity deal will mean less choice and therefore higher prices.

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail

While Mobilicity has finally found a buyer – selling to Rogers Communications Inc. for $465-million after more than two years in legal and financial limbo – Wind Mobile Corp. will also benefit from the deal through a significant increase in its spectrum holdings.

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OpenMedia.ca: Canadian cell phone users will pay the price for government’s broken promises on Rogers/Mobilicity deal

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Rogers $440 million takeover of Mobilicity will mean fewer choices and higher prices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation

June 24, 2015 – Mobilicity has accepted a $440 million takeover from Rogers, Inc., according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court. The deal, approved by Industry Canada, flies in the face of the government’s promises to increase mobile provider choice and affordability. The deal will see some of Mobilicity’s AWS-1 spectrum acquired by Wind Mobile, while a substantial amount of spectrum previously set aside (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Mobilicity employees’ MVNO proposal deserves serious consideration, although wireless prices will rise even further unless indie spectrum is kept out of Big Telecom’s hands

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Reports over weekend suggest government is poised to allow Rogers and Telus to acquire Mobilicity’s valuable wireless spectrum, despite promises it would be set aside for affordable, independent providers

June 22, 2015: Mobilicity’s employees and founder are calling for government action to ensure their business can continue as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), even if their valuable wireless spectrum is acquired by other operators. Community-backed OpenMedia, which is running a sustained campaign for lower wireless prices, insists any deal must ensure that Canadians’ wireless choices are not further reduced.

The call comes following media reports over the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Telcos charge Canadians in some provinces more for wireless services

This should not happen! Speak out now: UnblockCanada.ca

Article by Dylan Young for Yahoo News 

Imagine you’ve just snagged yourself a brand new 128GB iPad Air 2 for $700 at the Apple Store. You couldn’t be happier. What a deal! Now imagine you find out that Apple charges only $350 for the exact same model in the province next to yours. 

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OpenMedia.ca: New report shows Canada’s wireless rates are (STILL) among the worst in the world

by OpenMedia Digital Rights Campaigner Laura Tribe

Is the federal government trying to hide from results of this year’s report on telecom prices in Canada? Their silence today over the release of the annual Wall Report report sure makes it look that way – and having seen the results, it’s not hard to imagine why. Yet again, the annual report analyzing Canada’s telecoms prices reveals that Canadians are paying among the highest rates in the world.

The report compares Canada’s landline, cell phone, broadband and mobile Internet, and basic TV service bundles to those of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Telecom bills are rising rapidly: Government report confirms that cell phone cost increases are running at three times the rate of inflation

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Official report finds that wireless prices are still rising steeply, and that overall telecom costs are among the most expensive in the industrialized world

June 18, 2015 – A major government report released this morning confirms that Canadians are still paying among the highest prices in the industrialized world for telecom service. The 2015 Wall Report, commissioned by the CRTC and Industry Canada, found that wireless prices are increasing across the board, with the cost of a standard 1GB monthly plan increasing by 7%, or over three times the rate of inflation (2.3%).

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OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: Wind Mobile brings cell service to Toronto subways

Great news for subway commuters users in Toronto, and yet another reason to escape the high prices and rampant abuse of the Big Three as new options become viable for CanadiansWe hope that other providers will follow Wind’s lead, and that the CRTC and Industry Canada will take bold steps to improve mobile choice and affordability in Canada.

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail

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OpenMedia.ca: Canada’s historic chance to be the fastest team on the ice

Right now, we face a unique opportunity to kickstart Canada’s Internet, and improve the level of service Canadians can access into the 21st century. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has begun their review of what constitutes basic Internet service in Canada, and their deadline for input is rapidly approaching.

This is a tremendous opportunity for us to stand together, and demand access to faster, cheaper Internet for 100% of Canadians. For years, Canada has had one of the least ambitious digital strategies in the industrialized world, with Internet experts like Michael Geist asking, “Why does Canada still (Read more…)

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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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Documentary Underway

I was interviewed for the E-Day documentary film being wrapped up this Summer. What’d I say? You’ll have to wait until it’s been all put together. I can’t wait!

https://t.co/vXIDfiLnwi Inky Mark running in #elxn42 as an Independent http://t.co/ZCvw2lX8Kg #votersuppression https://t.co/YJ73Qu4IIL

— @EDayFilm (@edayfilm) June 4, 2015

Road trip video diary. Here's something you didn't know about film maker Peter Smoczynski http://t.co/ZCvw2lX8Kg https://t.co/nOXEKjsYiD

— @EDayFilm (@edayfilm) June 3, 2015

Please help Peter put this movie in front of thousands of Canadians.

Filmmakers #elxnfraud https://t.co/gLOjfyybpL

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) June 4, 2015

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OpenMedia.ca: Today is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new customer protection rules ensure 2–4 million Canadians can move between providers without penalty

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Code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data

June 3, 2015 – Beginning today, between 2 and 4 million Canadian mobile phone customers trapped in three year contracts will be able to cancel their agreement without penalty if their agreements have run 24 months or more under the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct. Community-backed group OpenMedia, who worked with tens of thousands of Canadians to shape the rules, has dubbed today “Cell Phone Freedom Day”.

Today’s measures ensure all Canadians enjoy (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Media Advisory: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new mobile phone customer protection rules come into effect for 2–4 million Canadians

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Code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data

 

Image credit: Mobile Phones And Abercrombie by Garry Knight (CC BY-NC 2.0) https://flic.kr/ps/8e5AR

WHO:

Josh Tabish, Campaigns Manager, OpenMedia

David Christopher, Communications Manager, OpenMedia

 

WHAT:

OpenMedia has dubbed June 3, 2015 “Cell Phone Freedom Day”, as new mobile phone customer protection rules will come into effect for 2 to 4 million customers through the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct.  

As of June 3, all Canadians, including those (Read more…)

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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 ending that contract on June 3, 2015, without penalty.

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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: How fast is your Internet? We’re helping launch a new open source Internet Performance Test

By collaborating with our community, volunteers, and different partners around the world, we get to do a lot of cool things here at OpenMedia. But today’s launch is one of our most exciting yet. We’re 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.

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OpenMedia.ca: News 1130: Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for?

Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for? The CRTC has a new way for you to find out.

Article by Martin MacMahon for News 1130

We’ve all complained at one point or another about slow Internet speeds, but now we’ll have a way of actually finding out if providers are as fast as they claim.

Regulators are looking for volunteers as they prepare to monitor and compare the speeds of the top providers.

The CRTC will monitor speeds for 6,200 volunteers to get an idea of how providers are actually performing.

“Other countries around the world have been (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality

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OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality

May 21, 2015 – This morning the CRTC announced a new Internet speed measurement program designed to “measure the performance of their home broadband Internet services,” and is inviting everyday Canadians to participate. Community-backed OpenMedia, which called for proactive audits of Internet performance in its crowdsourced Casting an Open Net report, hails the decision as a win for Canadians, and a key step toward protecting Net Neutrality.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules

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Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules

May 19, 2015 – The Federal Court of Appeal today has rejected Big Telecom’s efforts to delay the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, stating that the CRTC “…has the right to make the Wireless Code applicable to contracts concluded before the Code came into effect.” The code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data.

Community-backed OpenMedia, which represented Canadians throughout the court (Read more…)