It looks like Big Telecom’s lobby group is in deep trouble. Last week Telus pulled out of the CWTA – now Rogers could be poised to do the same. Will you be shedding tears over its demise? http://bit.ly/NVDvuc
Article by Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada
Last week in a surprise move Telus pulled out of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a wireless lobby group which earlier saw Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity withdraw its membership as well.
The future of the CWTA could be in jeopardy depending on how you look into comments made by (Read more…)
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 largest wireless carriers to scoop up more cellular airwaves, taking the opportunity again to drive home its policy on the industry.
Several months ago, we let you know that Manitoba resident and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass had filed a complaint with Canada’s telecom policymaker, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Ben’s complaint claimed that telecom giant Bell was unfairly stifling certain types of mobile content over their wireless networks to give their own content a speed advantage over content not owned by Bell.
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 commitment to increase choice and lower prices.
Now Big Telecom is pushing back. They’re sitting on huge piles of cash after years of price-gouging Canadians with some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. It seems they’ve been using that money to hire expensive Ottawa lobbyists to (Read more…)
Yesterday’s spectrum auction results announcement meant that your team at OpenMedia.ca was hard at work. Check out this video of our own Steve Anderson speaking about what the results mean for the future of our broken telecom market – and meet a few other members of your team. Learn more about the roadmap forward that Canadians have put together with our crowdsourced Time for an Upgrade report: https://OpenMedia.ca/UpgradeCanada
Government must ensure more choice to save Canadians from price-gouging and disrespectful customer service
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 – Responding to today’s announcement of the results of a crucial auction of Canadian wireless resources, OpenMedia.ca is saying the prospect of new providers in some markets is a positive development but the government must do more to follow through on its promise to fix our dysfunctional cell phone market.
Big Telecom will no longer be able to charge smaller indie service providers more than their customers – but it continues to price-gouge Canadians and it’s time for that to end.
Keep up the pressure at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers
Article by Sunny Freeman for The Huffington Post Canada:
Canada’s Big Three wireless providers will no longer be able to charge their smaller competitors more than what their own customers pay to use their networks, the Conservative government announced as part of the 2014 federal budget.
In a story told time and time again, another Canadian has their credit score ruined by a big telecom company despite never having been a customer.
Keep up the pressure! Tell Minister Moore that the time has come to end Big Telecom gatekeeping at https://OpenMedia.ca/Gatekeepers Article by Colleen Schmidt for CTV Calgary:
A Calgary woman was caught up in a credit nightmare after trying to clear a money mess created by an unpaid cell phone bill for an account she says she never opened. Ning Li has spent hours on the phone trying to prove she’s the victim of (Read more…)
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 can’t say this enough: Your voices are making an incredible difference.
And thanks to Canadians’ consistent outcry against Big Telecom price-gouging and gatekeeping, Jean-Pierre Blais, the Chair of the CRTC (Canada’s telecom policymaker), has invited our own Steve Anderson to meet with him on Monday February 11. Steve wants to bring your concerns about Canada’s broken telecom market directly to Chairman Blais.
So now we need to hear from you – Tell Steve exactly what you want Mr. Blais to hear in the comments section below.Remember to have your say by Thursday, February 6 as we will be (Read more…)
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR SPEAKING OUT! Over 25,000 Canadians have now told the CRTC to ditch Big Telecom deadweight in an unprecedented push to fix our broken telecom market. We have until 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST to keep the up the momentum – so please keep up the momentum
So please, LIKE and SHARE this image, and keep speaking out at https://OpenMedia.ca/Deadweight
Time and time again, we have seen our community stand together and demand that decision-makers take notice. Together, we have made huge gains toward securing open and affordable Internet in Canada, and we’re not about to go back. We can’t let Big Telecom giants block smaller indie Internet service providers (ISPs) from fibre infrastructure that is totally crucial for world-class Internet access1 2. If we don’t get our friends and family to speak up Big Telecom could make it impossible for our indie telecom providers to offer us streaming video, video-conferencing, or any of the next generation services that are (Read more…)
By Max Honigmann Co-Director, OpenMedia McGill
Do Canadians pay too much for their digital services? According to last Thursday’s Connecting Canada discussion forum at McGill University, the answer is a resounding YES!
The event, hosted by McGill University’s OpenMedia.ca student chapter, sought to shine a light on such questions of affordability and many other issues present in Canada’s lagging telecom market.
Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options.
Responding to today’s Competition Bureau submission to the CRTC consultation on domestic wireless roaming rates, OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson said:
“Today’s Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options. This is keeping prices ridiculously high and holding back our economy and our country.”
In this Guest Blog, OpenMedia community member Mark Douglas explains how he succeeded in reducing his monthly cell phone costs from nearly $80 to under $4
For a long time I’ve felt that I wasn’t really getting appropriate value for money in my mobile plan.
Slow speeds, silly fees like $5 for voicemail, and ludicrous roaming rates meant that, in the end, I often avoided using my phone. With the rapid growth of WiFi availability in public spaces, I took the plunge last year to dump my mobile plan altogether, dropping my monthly cost from nearly $80 to less than (Read more…)
Thank you to everyone for speaking out in support of a more Connected Canada!
Your OpenMedia.ca team is working hard to put together all your thoughts and ideas. In the meantime, check out this great picture from a Connected Canada event in Vancouver (that’s our own Josh Tabish up there in what looks like a very animated discussion!)
Follow the discussion on our a href=”https://openmedia.ca/blog/Building-Connected-Canada#comment-1215798920″>blog in the comment section or through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Reddit.
Tomorrow, Canadians across the country are working to help build a more connected Canada by sharing their ideas, strategies, and solutions to build a better digital future for us all.
You have two ways to be part of the conversation:
1. Join a local event near you. 2. If there isn’t one in your area, don’t worry! You can join us online!
Your OpenMedia.ca team will be online on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Reddit from 12-2pm PST/3-5pm EST to hear what you have to say. We’ll be posting all the details for how you can join us first thing (Read more…)
This morning, privacy advocates including your own OpenMedia.ca, sent public letters to major Canadian telecom firms demanding greater transparency on whether they share our private, sensitive information with government agencies. Stay tuned for updates.
Learn more about Canada’s largest pro-privacy coalition at http://OurPrivacy.ca
From Citizen Lab:
Telecommunications services providers that offer Internet and phone service play central roles in the daily lives of Canadians.
Last month, we told you about the CRTC’s investigation into price-gouging by Big Telecom. Here’s two simple gifs you’ll want to see.
And remember, meetups are happening all over the country on January 25th to discuss how we can build a connected Canada – together! Be part of the conversation: https://OpenMedia.ca/ConnectedCanada
Article by Stuart A. Thompson, Trish Macalaster, and Rita Trichur for the Globe and Mail:
Telecom expert Peter Nowak isn’t asking you about your favourite show – he’s talking about mid-season plot twists in our wireless market.
From Peter Nowak’s blog:
This past weekend, Breaking Bad cashed in big time at the Golden Globe awards with wins for both best drama and lead actor, with the inimitable Bryan Cranston finally getting accolades at the annual event for his fantastic portrayal of anti-hero Walter White. Anyone who has watched the show, which wrapped up last year, probably felt the kudos were well deserved – it truly was one of the best series to ever grace the (Read more…)
It’s no wonder that so many Canadians are speaking out about the state of our broken wireless market. We pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for often terrible cell phone service.
Thankfully it looks like decision-makers are finally starting to take notice. Stephen Harper highlighted the issue when setting out his government’s agenda last October and he promised Canadians lower prices and improved choice outside the Big Three providers (Bell, Rogers, and Telus) at a Conservative convention.
Our OpenMedia.ca team has been working very hard in the wake of news that Wind Mobile has dropped out of an auction for crucial wireless resources. Here’s our own Steve Anderson speaking out in support of Canadian cell phone users. Learn more about how you can send a strong message to Industry Minister Moore to fix our broken cell phone market at https://OpenMedia.ca/Gatekeepers
Yesterday, we learned that Wind Mobile pulled out of a crucial auction for wireless assets – assets that are crucial to the future of our cell phone market – only a day before it was set to begin.
Canadians hoped that the government’s spectrum auction which begins today would result in lower prices and improved choice for Canadians. Wind’s withdrawal from the auction has dealt a serious blow to those hopes – and a renewed call for Industry Minister James Moore to end the government’s piecemeal approach to fixing Canada’s broken wireless market by reining in Big Telecom once and (Read more…)