Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream We’re challenging a crucial CRTC decision on behalf of Canadians

Last night, OpenMedia filed detailed and significant comments in support of a crucial challenge that will determine whether Canadians get access to new, independent wireless providers like Ting. If the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) listens to Canadians, bad parts of a recent ruling will be overturned and a new level playing field will allow a wide range of new mobile providers to set up shop and sell services to Canadians.

Back in May, the CRTC took a significant step towards ensuring Canadians have access to more affordable options in our mobile phone and Internet market.

read more CBC: DEBATE! Is access to high speed internet a right?

DEBATE! Is the Internet a human right? What do Canadians stand to gain from the CRTC’s basic services hearing? (faster, cheaper Internet, maybe?) Our own Josh Tabish went on CBC’s ‘The 180′ to argue YES! against Roslyn Layton, Ph.D. fellow in Internet economics at the Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies at Aalborg University in Denmark. Check out this article to hear the full 15 minute debate recording and read a summary of the discussion:

Article by the CBC

read more Our crowdsourced policy became government policy. The CRTC heard your call, Canada.

We Won!

As you may have heard, a major ruling on Thursday from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ensures a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers.

In short, the ruling creates fair rules forcing Big Telecom to make their digital infrastructure available to small independent ISPs (i.e., outside of Big Telecom) at a reasonable rate, so they are empowered to sell ultra-fast fibre Internet services to Canadians. This means faster, cheaper fibre connections could be coming to your household soon!

read more The fate of affordable access to next-generation Internet will be decided this week.

This week the the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is expected to announce a major decision that will significantly impact whether or not Canadians have access to a variety of affordable Internet services independent of Big Telecom, including next-generation fibre.

read more Globe and Mail: Coalition calls on CRTC to force expansion of broadband access

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail 

A coalition of groups representing consumers, seniors and anti-poverty activists is calling on Canada’s telecom regulator to force industry players to expand access to high-speed Internet for low-income households and those living in rural areas.

read more Only 24 hours left to demand faster, cheaper Internet for all Canadians

Only 24 Hours Remain

We have less than 24 hours to tell decision-makers at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to stop Big Telecom’s plan to keep us locked into some of the slowest, most expensive Internet services in the industrialized world. There’s never been a better time to demand that the government hit the “reset button” on Canada’s lacklustre digital strategy.

read more Vancouver 24hs: BC groups push CRTC for cheaper Internet

Ensure Canadians get faster, cheaper Interner while there’s still time! Speak out at

Article by Stefania Seccia for Vancouver 24hs. 

This Tuesday is the deadline to submit initial comments on the fast-approaching hearings for cheaper, faster Internet — and so far 25,000 people have signed a petition and scores of others intend to hold a Vancouver rally in support of it.

read more CBC: Canadians urged to talk to government about Internet standards in hearing

 It’s more important than ever that we speak out before their deadline for comments. To get your voice put into the hearing, head over to and sign on to our open letter calling for world-class Internet services across the country.

Article by Jane Sponagle for CBC

At Iqaluit’s Four Corners intersection downtown, it takes Jessica Bos more than 10 minutes to send a text message with a photo.

read more Canada’s historic chance to be the fastest team on the ice

Right now, we face a unique opportunity to kickstart Canada’s Internet, and improve the level of service Canadians can access into the 21st century. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has begun their review of what constitutes basic Internet service in Canada, and their deadline for input is rapidly approaching.

This is a tremendous opportunity for us to stand together, and demand access to faster, cheaper Internet for 100% of Canadians. For years, Canada has had one of the least ambitious digital strategies in the industrialized world, with Internet experts like Michael Geist asking, “Why does Canada still (Read more…) Alphabeatic: Canada still leads in high wireless prices

Wireless savings? Not for now. Canadians’ wallets are still hurting. 

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

With the CRTC’s decision this week to forego implementing rules that would have allowed small companies to share the networks of bigger players, the regulator and government are both now pinning their hopes for wireless savings on newer competitors building infrastructure that’s strong enough to challenge the likes of Bell, Rogers and Telus.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bell’s Mobile TV Practice Violates Telecommunications Act: CRTC

In a decision likely to have implications for net neutrality, the CRTC has ruled that Bell and Vidéotron’s mobile TV practices violate the Telecommunications Act.

The post Bell’s Mobile TV Practice Violates Telecommunications Act: CRTC appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. 24 hours left to let decision-makers know where you stand

Time and time again, we’ve seen Canada’s pro-Internet community band together to demand that decision-makers move us toward open and affordable Internet access in Canada – not toward more control for Big Telecom. And today we find ourselves at another crucial juncture in this ongoing fight.

We cannot let the CRTC get away with their lopsided consultation about the future of digital services. We need policies that help fix our dysfunctional telecom market instead of giving even more control to the big telecom conglomerates who already dominate 90% of it.

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Alberta Diary: PKP to run for PQ: Why PKP, with SNN and CPC PMO spell SOS for Canada, which could be FUBAR

Impressionable English Canadian youngsters tune in to SNN for sinister ideological conditioning by RWN (right-wing nuts) on the staff of the PMO-favoured network. Below: PKP and his now-ex wife (NXW), grabbed from the Internet; SNN broadcaster Ezra Levant.

Oh, H-E-double-hockey-sticks, PKP wants another D-I-V-O-R-C-E!

This time, having just given his common-law wife of a decade the old heave-ho, it’s from us!

And I don’t know about you, but this smells a bit like C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y.

Let me explain…

PKP for those of you who live in the ROC and are therefore wondering WTF is Pierre Karl Péladeau, who until recently (Read more…) An Internet User’s Guide to the CRTC’s "Choicebook"

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Highlight Link: As Big Telecom ramps up lobbying, will government cave?

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…) National Post: Christine Dobby looks back at Canada’s telecom war of 2013

The National Post’s Christine Dobby looks back at Big Telecom’s efforts last year to limit your telecom choice. We know Big Telecom are gearing up for a huge fight in 2014 as they try to keep your bills sky-high.

Article by Christine Dobby for the National Post

Last summer a simmering dispute over obscure regulations boiled over into all-out war as the country’s cellphone titans took on the federal government and its efforts to entice a U.S. giant north.

The dialogue got heated as the three largest wireless carriers – ostensible rivals – joined forces to target Ottawa’s policy (Read more…)

Valerie Burns: Doldrums

My three faithful readers remind me that I don’t post here often enough for their liking. They are dear to me, and I love them all. Hi guys.

There are a few reasons I don’t post more. SInce I like lists, I’ll make one here to amuse and bemuse:

1. We are winning. We, the Liberal Party of Canada, its militants, its supporters, are winning. We’re polling ahead of everyone else. Old people, young people, tall people, short people, they’re all telling pollsters in a statistically significant and consistent way that our party is their likely choice. When winning, say (Read more…)

In This Corner: It’s TV’s golden age … except in Canada.

There is no doubt that we are living in a golden age of television. Once looked down upon as a lesser form of entertainment in relation to the lordly world of the ‘cinema’, television has now usurped the movies as the premiere mode of viewing entertainment. I defy anyone to name one movie playing on the big screens today that has the breadth and scope and sheer storytelling magic of Breaking Bad, or (guilty pleasure warning) Downton Abbey. And one 22-minute episode of Parks and Recreation (TV’s best, and most unfairly overlooked, comedy) has more guaranteed laughs than any two-hour (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: CRTC ruling notwithstanding, Sun News and its campaign for subsidies will continue

Sun News Network gets ready to take Phase II of its campaign for subsidies on the road. Actual action plans by the right-wing broadcaster in light of the CRTC’s denial Wednesday of free cash from consumers and a favourable location on the TV tuner may not turn out to be exactly as illustrated. Below: Sun TV VP Kory Teneycke, commentator Ezra Levant.

Canadians troubled by the loony right Sun News Network’s tireless campaign for “mandatory carriage” on cable TV and the forced subsidies from consumers that would have gone with it are entitled to feel some satisfaction at this week’s (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Long Slow Death of Fox News North

Uh oh. Somebody call a plumber, or a mortician. It looks as if Sun TV News, also known as Fox News North or Harper TV, won't be able to make us pay to keep it on life support. Sun News Network has been denied a guaranteed spot on basic cable TV packages in a CRTC ruling released today.Maybe.But the CRTC suggested Thursday it isn't happy with the status quo and proposed "a new approach" regarding the distribution of Canadian national news services.Which has Kory Teneycke, Harper's old flak, clinging to hope that his stinky fish might survive… Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station that should not even (Read more…)

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ParliamANT Hill: CRTC denies CanadiAnt News North bid for mandatory spot on cable

Inspired by this headline: 

LeDaro: Sun may not rise tomorrow

In yet another meteorological anomaly, the sun may not rise tomorrow.

Ezra Levant is at it again and no sunshine for him.

H/t: Dr. Dawg’s Blawg Blog. I first misunderstood him. I needed more coffee.:)

The Canadian Progressive: Ads on CBC Radio a serious blow to public broadcasting in Canada

By: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting | Press Release:

TORONTO, May 28, 2013 – CBC’s new licences, announced this morning by Canada’s broadcast regulator, are the culmination of years of neglect by successive governments and the product of the Harper Conservatives’ hostility toward public broadcasting in Canada.

The CRTC renewed the licences for all of the CBC’s broadcast services, giving the green light for a three-year period to the CBC’s request to introduce ads on Radio Two and its French language counterpart Espace Musique. Should the CBC wish to extend radio advertising beyond three years, it would have to seek (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak Conservatives fined $85,000 for "rule breaking robocalls"

I hear he knows a guy who knows a guy though