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We all hate those daily telemarketing calls. What’s the CRTC doing to protect consumers? Not much, apparently.  Article by Jonathan Ore for CBC News The CRTC published a list on Friday… . . . → Read More: CRTC’s options to filter unwanted phone calls lacking: critic Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet – 31 Ministers who’ll be responsible for guiding Canada’s ship of state over the coming years.

CBC News has the full list of Canada’s new Cabinet Ministers. Here at OpenMedia, we were watching closely to see who’ll be in charge of the key government departments responsible for our digital future.

(Read more…) Alphabeatic: Bell appeals fibre broadband ruling as digital divide rages

How Trudeau’s cabinet deals with Bell’s appeal will prove to be a “litmus test” for the new government’s attitudes toward telecom companies.

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

The smoke hasn’t cleared from Monday’s federal election yet, but that isn’t stopping Bell from appealing to the incoming Liberal government a regulatory decision made a few months ago.

read more Alphabeatic: Say hello to the newest net neutrality advocate: Rogers

File this under weird. Rogers is one of the worst traffic throttlers and #NetNeutrality violators in Canada – but now they’re coming out in support of the open Internet? What do you think? Are is the vertically-integrated giant just trying to protect their radio stations?

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

read more Toronto Star: Cellphone bill too high? Here’s what the political parties would do about it

Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for Internet and cell phone service – and if you live in rural or northern Canada, you may not even have reliable service at all. So which candidate do you think will lower your cellphone bill? Learn more below and check out our Report Card to see where the parties stand on this at 

Article by Peter Nowak by the Toronto Star

read more Globe and Mail: Apple’s monthly instalment price plan for unlocked iPhones eludes Canada

Why can’t we have nice things like U.S.’s monthly instalment price plan for iPhones here in Canada?

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail 

Apple Inc. revealed a new way to buy its flagship device last week – the option to pay for unlocked models of its newest iPhones through monthly instalments. But the arrangement is exclusive to U.S. customers, extending a trend in smartphone shopping that has yet to make its way to Canada.

read more Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music

Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don’t they treat all services equally? Let’s put Canadians in the driver’s seat – not these out of touch telecom giants.

Article by Peter Nowak for Arstechnica

Quebec wireless provider Videotron looks to be stepping into a net neutrality battle with a new unlimited music service that boasts “zero data usage.” But is the offer offside Canada’s fair internet rules? Unlike previous, similar situations involving the country’s wireless carriers, this one isn’t as cut and dried.

read more 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 exist.

Dating back to 2007, Bell Canada customers in several Canadian Territories were charged 75 cents a month for a 911 service that never existed. Those who called this 911 service were rerouted to a 10-digit number and a subsequent message stating: “There are no (Read more…) Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet


Digital rights group OpenMedia releases comprehensive election platform packed with ideas crowdsourced from Canadians

August 27, 2015 – It’s as if the entire city of London Ontario banded together to save the Internet. Shaped by more than 250,000 people and launching today, Canada’s Digital Future is a crowd-sourced election platform packed with ideas from everyday citizens. It’s an initiative of digital rights group Openmedia, which is urging people to consider Canada’s digital future when casting their vote this election.

While OpenMedia won’t be endorsing any political party, it does plan to meet the main parties and report back (Read more…) Globe & Mail: Indies ask CRTC to open networks, lower prices

Good news – indie cell phone companies have launched a new CRTC challenge, aimed at opening our wireless networks and lowering prices for all Canadians. Speak out at

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail

A group of independent Internet providers has launched a challenge of a landmark ruling on wholesale wireless services, arguing that Canada’s telecom regulator should have gone further to support more competition in the cellular industry.

read more Nowak: "A worse proposition than almost anywhere"

It’s official: the price is too damn high. And that’s the message that the CRTC needs to hear from you. Send your message at

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic   Bell has officially announced the availability and pricing of its gigabit fibre broadband service, and it’s as expensive as expected.

The full speed – 940 megabits per second download and 100 Mbps upload with unlimited usage – costs a whopping $149 per month. One step down – 300 Mbps download and 100 Mbps up with 750 gigabytes of monthly usage – is $95. The 150 Mbps (Read more…)

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.

— 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…) 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

read more 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.

read more 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

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.

read more Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

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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.

read more 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…) 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.

read more Canadian cell phone users will pay the price for government’s broken promises on Rogers/Mobilicity deal


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…) 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


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…) Telcos charge Canadians in some provinces more for wireless services

This should not happen! Speak out now:

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. 

read more 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…) 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%).

The report (Read more…) 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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