This is a big step forward and validation of what Canadians have been saying for years! The CRTC have just ruled that telecom giant Rogers discriminates against affordable indie providers – crushing choice and keeping your wireless prices high. If you’re tired of getting gouged on roaming rates, speak out at https://OpenMedia.ca/GateKeepers
Article by the Calgary Herald
Wireless carriers in Canada have been banned from imposing exclusivity conditions in contracts that forced smaller firms to use more expensive roaming networks.
CRTC decision exposes how Big Telecom giant Rogers engaged in “unjust discrimination” aimed at blocking Canadians from accessing affordable, independent wireless options
July 31, 2014 – A landmark decision from the CRTC today has confirmed that telecom giant Rogers has engaged in “unjust discrimination” toward independent cell phone providers, such as Mobilicity and Wind Mobile. Responding to the CRTC’s decision, OpenMedia.ca warns that Industry Minister James Moore’s recent measures to cap wholesale wireless rates do not go far enough, and bold action is required to rein in Canada’s Big Three giants from abusing their market power.
The (Read more…)
“We have too much Internet here in Canada” said literally no one ever.
Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic
If you’re looking for some good summer reading, check out a recently released report from the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation titled “The Development of Fixed Broadband Networks.” It’s page-turning stuff that’s as addictive as any trashy novel. If you’re a nerd for telecom policy stuff, of course.
Why Canadians need to look farther than the U.S. for sensible cell phone policy.
Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic
When discussing the state of telecommunications services and their respective prices in Canada, industry defenders often point to the United States in their rationalizations.
Tens of thousands of Canadians are speaking out for lower cell phone bills – and this report suggests our pressure could be starting to deliver results. Keep up the pressure at https://OpenMedia.ca/gatekeepers
Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic
Something very unusual is happening in Canadian wireless services: for the first time in a long time, the average bill might actually be set to go down.
Is your wireless bill making you dumber towards the end of the month?
Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic
It dawned on me recently that I tend to be dumber at the end of the month than at the beginning. It actually has nothing to do with lunar cycles, but everything to do with billing cycles. Specifically, my cellphone bill.
New entrants hugely outperform the Big Three when it comes to wireless costs – but the Big Three is still blocking many Canadians from these affordable alternatives
July 14, 2014 – A new government report released this morning has confirmed that Canadians are still paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for wireless service. The Wall Report, which was commissioned by the CRTC, also confirms that new entrants like Wind and Mobilicity offer Canadians a far better deal than the Big Three, especially when it comes to mobile data and roaming in the U. (Read more…)
Stay classy, Big Telecom.
Article by Sean O’Shea for Global
Christine West of Lindsay, Ontario has grown frustrated with opening up the mailbox on her front porch.
She’s worried she’ll find another collection letter addressed to her middle daughter, Katie.
Industry Minister James Moore has announced that vital digital assets will be set aside for affordable new entrants in upcoming auction of AWS-3 wireless spectrum. Canadians have been calling for this type of set-aside for years.
July 7, 2014 – Industry Minister James Moore has announced new measures aimed at improving wireless choice for Canadians. This morning’s announcement comes in response to a sustained years-long campaign led by OpenMedia.ca with the support of over 70,000 Canadians. The citizen-backed group is welcoming the news as a positive step forward for wireless choice, but says more action will be (Read more…)
CONFIRMED: Canadians are getting the shake down on wireless roaming rates, which average between a 50,000 – 200,000% markup. Think that’s ridiculous?
Article by Andrew Seipp for TelClarity
The wholesale cost of roaming is a closely guarded secret, but recent revelations by Wind have shed light on shockingly high margins.
Greater wireless choice may be on the horizon if the government can get roaming rates under control. Would you switch providers if you had a different option?
Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail
Quebecor Inc. gave its strongest hint yet that it will expand its wireless business across Canada, but the company’s chief executive once again sent a pointed message to Ottawa on the urgency of creating “a level playing field.”
Article by The Huffington Post Canada
Question: How much do you pay for 10 gigabytes of data and unlimited calling in Ontario?
Answer: Just about double what it costs in Manitoba.
For a long time now, Canadians have been getting the short end of the stick when it comes to accessing exciting, affordable, and innovative Internet and mobile phone services. Without rules that allow for truly open networks, Big Telecom giants have been able to dominate as the only game in town for most Canadians when it comes to the services that keep us connected online.
What we’re talking about here is Big Telecom blocking Canadians from innovative new services. We’re putting together a new campaign that focuses on how everyday Canadians are blocked by Big Telecom’s control of our (Read more…)
Just under a year ago, Big Telecom quietly put forward a motion in the Federal Court of Appeal to delay, in part, implementation of the CRTC’s new rule to protect cellphone users. A few months later, the Federal Court of Appeal officially announced they would hear the case.
At the heart of the appeal are the consumer protection rules – formally called the Wireless Code of Conduct – that we won together. This Code provides a comprehensive set of much-needed protections for customers of wireless services. To recap quickly, here are some of the benefits wireless customers get under the (Read more…)
Greater wireless choice could be a tremendous boon to Canada’s economy, according to reports. Tell Industry Minister James Moore that Canadians want much greater choice in their wireless market at
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Affordable, independent providers are struggling because of years of a history of regulatory coddling of Big Telecom, says OpenMedia.ca
May 21, 2014 – The withdrawal of Telus’ bid to take over Mobilicity is welcome news for Canadian wireless users, but more government action needed to level the playing field for struggling independent providers. That’s according to OpenMedia.ca, which is running a sustained campaign for greater choice and lower prices in Canada’s wireless market. The group says every Canadian deserves affordable, independent options outside the Big Three for their wireless (Read more…)
Actually, no, wireless bills are not going down. If you’re sick and tired of price-gouging, send James Moore a message at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers
Article by Peter Nowak
Further to my post yesterday about whether wireless bills have gone down… I got an email from Geoff White, counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, that hit the nail more closely on the head than the new report from J.D. Power has.
It’s true that subscribers are now getting more voice minutes, a faster network and a shorter amortization period on their subsidized phone (two years rather than three), but is (Read more…)
With all that’s been happening around the secrecy of the TPP and the explosive situation in the U.S. around the looming Internet slow lane, your OpenMedia team thought it might be time to take a step back and give our community a quick update about the state of play in Canada’s dysfunctional wireless market.
So, what’s happening on the wireless front? Well, it looks like Big Telecom price-gouging appears to be one of Canada’s great uniters.
A little over a month ago, the government announced its support for a motion from the Official Opposition to study wireless price (Read more…)