Last week we wrote about new plans from Rogers-owned Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive (details here: http://bit.ly/1DgdmP7). Today, it looks like they are continuing on this path to violate #NetNeutrality, announcing a new deal that will make certain music streaming services more expensive on their networks. Once again, telecom giants are trying to make the Internet more like cable TV by controlling what we see and hear online. Do you think they should have this power? Or should they have to treat all services equally?
Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic
When is something (Read more…)
Well folks, it looks like Bell is at it again – and they’re taking price-gouging to new lows. They’re abusing their power to push Canadians into buying new phones instead of used ones – and are going as far as unfairly disabling phones.
Article by Kathy Tomlinson
A Montreal father is taking on Canada’s largest telecom, after Bell blacklisted his teenager’s phone — not because it was reported stolen, but because the original buyer didn’t pay Bell for the device under contract.
Your OpenMedia team recently got wind of new plans afoot by Rogers’ subsidiary Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive over their mobile networks, and it’s certainly cause for concern.
Based on a recent article from Mobile Syrup, it appears that the carrier intends to create unfair incentives for customers that privilege certain services–their own–over others, violating the principle of net neutrality. Mobile Syrup reports:
New customers will be shifting towards a loyalty-based membership program focused on rewards like credit towards streaming music and a certain allotment of video streaming (with a heavy emphasis on Rogers’ (Read more…)
I have a Snapchat account. I’ve not used it in years because it was making my cell phone too full. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had a Snapchat account too, for government business? Her’s would be used for an illegal purpose, like her personal email was. You may recall Sarah Palin got into trouble (without apparent consequence) for this sort of thing too.
“Just message me on SnapChat, I’m hilldog16” – http://t.co/SiSKK4WvOu
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 3, 2015
Hillary Clinton exclusively used private email while secretary of state http://t.co/TMMZ2fpqIk pic.twitter.com/Mb3os4dB1b
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) March 3, 2015
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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…)
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.
And (Read more…)
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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…)