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OpenMedia.ca: AlphaBeatic: The making of an Internet activist

Thanks to community member Ben Klass, the CRTC ruled that Canadian wireless companies can’t slow down competing services in favour of their own – a huge step towards securing mobile net neutrality in this country. Check out this great Q and A about what keeps Ben fighting for the open Internet.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Canadian regulators took a big step toward supporting net neutrality on Thursday with a ruling that bans wireless carriers from favouring their own content over others.

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OpenMedia.ca: The Globe: Spectrum auction may bring some surprises

Could we finally see more choice in Canada’s wireless market this year?

Article by Christine Dobby for the Globe and Mail

Mobilicity says it has not yet secured the financial backing it needs to take part in an upcoming auction of wireless airwaves.

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OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Cancel your TV, Internet, and phone whenever you want

Goodbye, 30-day cancellation notices! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Article by the CBC

Canadians no longer have to give a 30-day notice to cancel or change their television, internet or landline telephone service, the CRTC says.

In a release, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it is “prohibiting television service providers from requiring that Canadians give 30 days’ notice prior to cancelling these services.”

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OpenMedia.ca: iPhone in Canada: Bell loses huge class action suit

There’s no end of good news lately when it comes to Big Telecom getting smacked down.

Article by Nick Salerni for iPhone in Canada

Bell Mobility has lost a class-action lawsuit appeal that found the Canadian carrier liable to thousands of subscribers in Canada’s three northern territories over fees for non-existent 911 services.

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OpenMedia.ca: James Moore spectrum announcement hailed as a positive step forward to enable greater wireless choice and lower prices

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In response to outcry for Canadians, Industry Canada has taken steps to ensure Canadians have greater access to affordable, independent wireless providers

December 18, 2014 – Industry Minister James Moore has announced new measures aimed at improving wireless service for Canadians. OpenMedia welcomes the announcement, which will reserve a larger section of valuable wireless spectrum for new, independent, affordable providers than ever before. The changes aim to increase the amount of spectrum available to  independent providers from around 15% currently to nearly 25% by May 2015.

The decision comes in response to OpenMedia’s crowdsourced set of recommendations ( (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I’m Boring, Ignore Me: Supreme Court Ruins Privacy

I think people who say they are too ordinary, law abiding, and boring for police to violate them, are more wishing that were true than stating a fact.

Will the police keep the phone as it keeps generating evidence? For how long? Can you refuse to provide your password or will the police IT department bypass it?

In Gary Shteyngart’s 2010 novelSuper Sad True Love Story of a terrible future, everyone walks around with an “apparati,” a data-collection rating device on their chest. It’s like wearing an open cellphone. This court ruling takes us one step closer to this.

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OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star Editorial: The Supreme Court got it wrong

Cell phone searches are deeply invasive and represent a huge violation of Canadians’ privacy, according to the Toronto Star. What do you think?

Article from The Toronto Star

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government killed the long-form census, it insisted that Canadians needed to be shielded from “coercive and intrusive” assaults on their privacy.

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OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia takes detailed input from 30,000 Canadians to crucial CRTC hearing that will decide future of Internet access in Canada

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Canadians are urging the CRTC to ensure access to affordable, independent Internet providers

December 1, 2014 – Canadians are sending a clear message to decision-makers at the CRTC today: protect our right to affordable, independent, high-speed Internet. That message is being delivered by community-based OpenMedia.ca, who will be making a presentation to the CRTC’s Review of Wholesale Services hearing in Gatineau between 12 noon and 3pm ET today. OpenMedia’s presentation will reflect input crowdsourced from over 30,000 Canadians.

The crucial CRTC hearing will determine whether Canadians will have independent access to fibre Internet. At the moment large (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Bell’s app ratings are too good to be true

Bell’s been caught red-handed trying to boost their ratings in the Apple app store by having senior managers write up fake reviews. Now they might get booted from the app store. Womp womp.

Article by Sophia Harris for the CBC

As soon as Bell Canada launched a new version of a phone app last week, the response online was electric; it quickly garnered glowing, five-star reviews on Apple’s iTunes App Store.

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OpenMedia.ca: Could Bell get kicked out of Apple’s AppStore for breaking the rules and rigging the rankings?

If you’re an enormous telecom conglomerate, and you release a new app to unfavourable ratings, what do you do?

You could invest some of your vast resources into listening to customers and making the app better — or you could get your senior managers to leave fake reviews to mislead customers and fluff up your ratings instead.

In the case of Bell Canada, the answer was clear.

Thanks to awesome detective work by UnMarketing’s Scott Stratten, we know that senior Bell executives deliberately left fake reviews for its MyBell Mobile app in clear contravention of the AppStore’s rules.

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OpenMedia.ca: The Star: Canadians are tired of the same-old-same-old in wireless providers

Why choice will improve Canada’s wireless market.

Article by Michael Geist for the Star

Last year’s explosive battle over the potential entry of wireless giant Verizon into the Canadian market may be a distant memory, but the debate over the state of wireless competition remains very much alive. Industry Minister James Moore has pointed to a modest decline in consumer pricing and complaints as evidence that government policies aimed at fostering a more competitive market are working.

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OpenMedia.ca: First decision to come out of CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation is a win for Canadians

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November 6, 2014 – In response to this morning’s announcement by the CRTC regarding new rules that will allow Canadians to cancel or change their Internet, television, or telephone services without giving 30-day notice, OpenMedia.ca Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish said,

“We are pleased to see that the first decision coming out of the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation is a positive step forward for Canadians. During the consultation, we spoke with thousands of Canadians who expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of choice and flexibility in offerings from the Big Telecom providers. But now we’re able to (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom customer mistreatment is still running rampant, as official report confirms 11,340 complaints in just 12 months

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CCTS Annual Report reveals sharp 74% rise in complaints about misleading wireless contracts. Bell and its subsidiaries accounted for over 40% of all telecom complaints.

November 4, 2014 – Mistreatment of Canadian telecom customers is still running rampant, according to official figures released today by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS). The CCTS Annual Report revealed that unhappy Canadians complained 11,340 times last year about their telecom service, the 2nd highest total of the past five years.

The Big Three – Bell, Rogers, and Telus, along with their subsidiaries – accounted for 77% of all complaints, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca builds definitive case for opening Canada’s wireless networks to lower prices for all Canadians

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Following official confirmation from the Competition Bureau that the Big Three are artificially keeping prices high, OpenMedia and CIPPIC’s joint submission to the CRTC sets out common sense steps for fixing Canada’s broken wireless market

October 24, 2014 –Bold measures are required to reduce cell phone bills, rein in the Big Three, and fix Canada’s broken wireless market. That’s the message of a detailed policy submission (PDF) to the CRTC by CIPPIC and community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is running a nationwide Unblock Canada campaign aimed at lowering prices and improving wireless choice for Canadians. The launch of (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ottawa Attacked

A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial.

Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of our political leader’s choice to take us to war in Iraq against ISIS? Possibly. That threat shouldn’t mean a single change to our daily lives though, since we don’t alter our behaviour to avoid the much more deadly threat of being killed by a home-grown drunk driver.

Please Canada – be safe but don't let this change us the way (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Make The Documentary of #ElxnFraud in #cdnpoli

Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud criminals.

Ten minute promotional video on an investigative documentary in production which previews preliminary interviews. from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo.

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: No, Telus, your advertised speeds don’t prove anything

Big Telecom has a statistics problem.

Article by Sophia Harris for The CBC

Arguments by Telus against increased competition in the Canadian wireless sector include misleading statistics that don’t reflect reality, critics charge.

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OpenMedia.ca: CBC: You’re paying too much

Has your wallet been feeling a bit lighter in the last year? You have Big Telecom to thank for that.

Article by Pete Evans for The CBC

The average Canadian saw their monthly bill for things like cable TV, internet access and cellphones increase 3.2 per cent last year, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Thursday.

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OpenMedia.ca: New report from CRTC confirms Canadian telecom sector remains dominated by large conglomerates, keeping prices high and blocking Canadians from new affordable options

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Despite promises from government to encourage greater choice and affordability, new report confirms Canadians are still being price-gouged by telecom giants

October 16, 2014 – On the heels of recent official confirmation that the Big Three are keeping wireless prices artificially high, the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has released the annual Communications Monitoring Report for 2014, which provides an overview of the Canadian communications sector. The report confirms that Canadians have been hit with a year-to-year increase of 3.2% in costs for telecom services, despite government promises of lower prices.

The report shows Canada has a (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Big Telecom needs a lesson in statistics

Big Telecom tried to convince the CRTC that Canadians have the second-fastest mobile Internet speeds in the world. The problem? Those speeds were based on advertisements, not reality. When will Big Telecom get real and stop gouging and misleading Canadians?

Article by Sophia Harris for the CBC

Arguments by Telus against increased competition in the Canadian wireless sector include misleading statistics that don’t reflect reality, critics charge.

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OpenMedia.ca: This CEO wants Canada to know something about its mobile market

Top Canadian entrepreneur Elliot Noss has this message for the CRTC: “Everybody in the country is overpaying.” Help us Unblock Canada at https://UnblockCanada.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: Vancouver Sun: You won’t believe how much Canadians are spending on data

Canadians spend the second-highest amount of time on the Internet in the world. Increasingly, much of that time is spent on mobile devices, and Big Telecom is using that trend to gouge us on cellular data prices. Isn’t it time we caught a break?

Article by Michael Oliveira for The Vancouver Sun

Canadians are on the verge of passing a major mobile milestone, according to measurement firm comScore.

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OpenMedia.ca: Even an ex-CRTC Commissioner thinks Big Telecom is out of control

Former CRTC Commissioner, Timothy Denton, is speaking his mind about a recent public hearing on the future of Canada’s wireless sector. In a recent blog post, the CRTC stalwart argued that it’s time for decision-makers to do the right thing, and rein in Big Telecom giants that are blocking our access to independent, affordable new providers.

In his post, he criticizes the immense power that the Big Three mobile providers – Bell, Rogers, and Telus – have over Canada’s wireless market, arguing that they essentially “…control every condition of the competitors’ businesses”. You can see our Executive Director, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass to CRTC: Unblock Canada

Check out community member Ben Klass presenting to the CRTC about Big Telecom blocking affordable options for Canadians.

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OpenMedia.ca: Geist: “Trust us, things are just fine,” says Big Telecom.

With the Big Three arguing that Canadians don’t need more wireless choice, expert Michael Geist looks at Big Telecom’s long history of broken promises. Who do you trust when it comes to the future of Canada’s cellphone market? You can speak out at https://UnblockCanada.ca

Article by Michael Geist

Fresh off the contentious hearing on the future of television regulation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission jumped back into the fire last week with a hearing on the wireless market that focused on whether changes are needed to the wholesale market to improve competition.

The Big 3 – Bell, Telus, (Read more…)