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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

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.

read more Regulators find that Telecoms have engaged in systematic “unjust discrimination” to stifle indie providers and keep prices high


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, 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…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, July 31, 3014

Your news links for today:

Canadian intelligence sweeps often intercept private data, spy document reveals – Globe and Mail Stop being so angry about privacy invasion – get furious – The Privacy Surgeon Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother – Ars Technica FCC Chairman: Verizon Uses a ‘Disturbing’ Loophole to Throttle Unlimited Data – VICE Motherboard ISP Sues Former Customer Over Reviews Claiming His Internet Speed Was Less Than A Third Of What Was Advertised – Techdirt A City In Tennessee Has The Big Cable Companies Terrified – Business Insider Record Label Lawsuit Could Jeopardize (Read more…) New Canadian Media: Rein in spying and restore our right to privacy

Most Canadians agree: our government is reckless and out of control when it comes to spying. If you agree, go to and speak out!

Article by Amira Elghawaby for New Canadian Media

How much does it concern you that your emails, texts, social media, and phone calls might be monitored?

If recent polling from both around the world and here at home is any indication, it probably concerns you quite a bit.

read more Exciting News: Glenn Greenwald to speak in Ottawa at Oct 25 event sponsored by OpenMedia

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Canada. He will speak about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians at an event in downtown Ottawa sponsored by your team.

WHO: Glenn Greenwald, American journalist, lawyer, and author, who is best known for his extensive reporting on the Edward Snowden NSA documents.

WHAT: Canada, America – Together into the Storm – A talk by Glenn Greenwald followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Jesse Brown, the host of the popular Canadaland podcast.

WHERE: 440 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

WHEN: Saturday October 25th, 6.30-8.30pm

TICKETS: (Read more…) What you said about free expression online

This past month, citizens of the Internet took to the web to speak out against the destructive censorship measures in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), using our Internet voice tool. At OpenMedia we love the Internet, and we were so encouraged to see comments expressing concern pour in from all over the world — we received over 19,000 submissions!

There’s nothing better than when a dedicated community of individuals who are committed to authentic Internet freedom come together and speak out — I mean, you really get it.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Your news links for today:

The Battle Over Tariff 8, Part 2: The Recording Industry’s Surprising Opposition to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Streaming Royalties – Michael Geist THE GARGOYLE – Finance Canada sued for copyright – Ottawa Citizen Recording Industry Willfully Misreads The Law In Order To Sue Ford & GM For Having Built-in CD Rippers – Techdirt AWS-3 Spectrum Rules Look to Bring Affordable Network Upgrade for Entrants – iPhone in Canada Roam Mobility gets cutthroat with new unlimited U.S. plans – Mobile Syrup Analysis: Bill banning phone metadata collection gives NSA access to it – Ars (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: Anyone else feel like they have too much of that pesky Internet hanging around?

“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.

read more The Star: Who is looking out for your privacy?

Thousands of Canadians spoke out against government mass surveillance on our cell phone usage over the past year. As a result, Big Telecom is starting to respond, and we are now learning the full extent of dragnet government spying and what tactics law enforcement used to access our private information. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available and don’t forget to keep speaking out at

Article by David Paddon for The Star

An Ontario judge has agreed to hear a Charter of Rights challenge brought by Telus and Rogers after they were asked by police in (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Your news links for today:

The Battle Over Tariff 8: What the Recording Industry Isn’t Saying About Canada’s Internet Streaming Royalties – Michael Geist US Wants to Criminalize Movie and Music Streaming – TorrentFreak Colombian Student Facing A Minimum Of Four Years In Prison For Uploading An Academic Article To Scribd – Techdirt How the TSA beat fliers into submission – USA Today Surveillance through Public Transit – Transparent Lives Potential whistleblowers less willing to contact the press thanks to NSA spying: report – Raw Story The Budding Science of Chatroom Forensics – VICE Motherboard The NSA’s Cyber-King Goes Corporate (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: How both Canada and the U.S. are lagging behind

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.

read more AlphaBeatic: Canadians want lower prices and greater choice

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

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.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, July 28, 2014

Your news links for today:

Rogers, Telus Launch Charter Challenge To Police Mass Spying Request – Huffington Post Ontario judge to examine Telus-Rogers’ Charter of Rights challenge – Toronto Star Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as fears of “memory hole” grow – Gigaom Politics EFF Asks Judge to Rule NSA Internet “Backbone” Spying Techniques Unconstitutional – EFF The Judges Approving the NSA’s Surveillance Requests Keep Buying Verizon Stock – VICE Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination – The Guardian Snowden: NSA snoops shared intercepted sextings – USA Today Crumbling CETA? (Read more…) Canadaland: Rogers has some ‘splaining to do

This telecom giant is showing a disturbing lack of transparency when it comes to how it shared Canadians’ private information with government and what they received in exchange for that information. If this gets you as riled up as we are, go to right now and demand better.

Article by Jesse Brown for Canadaland

Last week, Rogers announced that they were getting out of the snitch business. Until then, the company ratted out its own customers to government agencies hundreds of thousands of times every year. Without asking for a warrant, Rogers provided subscriber data to authorities that (Read more…) Has the CRTC really changed? Will they listen to Canadians or telecom conglomerates?

Written with input from’s Glyn Lewis

It appears that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is starting to listen to Canadians. Over the last year, we’ve seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a conversation with Canadians about the Future of Television (and watching TV content online!).

All this is evidence of a refreshing new shift for the CRTC under the leadership of Jean-Pierre Blais. Mr Blais has even echoed’s call for the interests of Canadians to be “at (Read more…) In the battle for the Internet, which side are you on?

A couple weeks ago, thousands of OpenMedia supporters joined with open Internet advocates and legal experts at Free Press to challenge the Internet slow lane plan being pushed by U.S. Big Telecom giants. Free Press’ team filed a legal challenge in response to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s July 15 deadline for initial comments on proposed net neutrality rules that stand to end the Internet as we know it.

After filing the claim with the FCC, Free Press also published the document on their website. Coming in at over 150 pages, the media reform group has called (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, July 25, 2014

Your news links for today:

.digest — 25.07.14 – Matt Braga on Tumblr UK ISPs and Rights Holders Agree on Voluntary Notice-and-Notice Style Copyright System – Michael Geist Government pushes website blocks to fight piracy – Computerworld Australia EU wants Google to extend “right to be forgotten” to global users – Boing Boing Net neutrality now as momentous as Janet Jackson’s nipple – Life on the Broadband Internet Business ISPs are spending less on their networks as they make more money off them – Washington Post Why Reclassification Under Title II Won’t Hurt Innovation: ISPs Already Aren’t Innovating (Read more…) Michael Geist: 2 out of 3 ain’t enough

Two of Canada’s biggest telecoms have done the right thing and publicly announced that they will not share subscribers’ private information without a warrant any more. It doesn’t seem like much to ask for, but Bell is still holding back. Add to the pressure at

Article by Michael Geist

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Spencer decision, several leading Canadian ISPs have publicly announced that they have changed their practices on the disclosure of subscriber information (including basic subscriber information such as name and address) to law enforcement. For example, Rogers announced that it will (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Your news links for today:

Why Has Bell Remained Silent on Its Subscriber Information Disclosure Practices? – Michael Geist CRTC to Hold Discussions with Telcos Over Charging Fees for Paper Billing – iPhone in Canada CRTC’s Weak Attempt to Settle Paper Bill Fees with Telcos Disrespects Consumers – PIAC Rogers crosses 8 million postpaid subs in Q2, but higher costs lead to fewer smartphone sales – Mobile Syrup Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist – The Intercept Exclusive: High-Level NSA Whistleblower Says Blackmail Is a Huge – Unreported – Part of Mass Surveillance – Zero Hedge (Read more…) Reuters: Why our digital divide won’t be bridged any time soon

The government’s unambitious rural broadband plans will leave tens of thousands of Canadians stuck with last-century Internet speeds. Tell James Moore it’s time for Canada to finally start catching up with our global counterparts at The Star: You won’t believe how many times this government spied on Canadians

We knew that the government made over 1 million requests for Canadians’ private information in 2011. Now it turns out that they’ve been making scores of these requests going back to 2006, meaning millions of innocent Canadians have been spied on with no oversight or safeguards. Speak out now to put an end to this reckless spying at

Article by Sean Kilpatrick for The Star

Government authorities have been making millions of requests to telecommunications companies for Canadians’ personal information as far back as 2006, newly released documents show.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your news links for today:

OECD Releases New Broadband Data: Canada Ranks in Bottom Third on Mobile Broadband Subscriptions – Michael Geist BCE to take regional unit Bell Aliant private in $4-billion deal – The Globe and Mail The View Up Here talks #TPP Trans Pacific Partnership – blogtalkradio Millions of police requests for Canadians’ data every year, documents show – Toronto Star Canada’s border agency had thousands of outdated lookout flags in system – CP24 Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge – Naked Security The creepiest Internet tracking tool yet is ‘virtually (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Better late than never

Telcos’ decision to stop handing over subscriber information without a warrant is a step in the right direction, according to the Globe and Mail editors. Now it’s time to tell Peter MacKay to fix his broken privacy bill. Go to to help make it happen.

Article by The Globe and Mail

Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada made clear that the centuries-old search-warrant principle continues to apply in the electronic age. And now, Canada’s telecommunications companies, which had previously felt obligated to give the government and police warrantless access to customer records, are starting to change their (Read more…) A classic example of Big Telecom screwing over the Canadian public

With files and comments from OpenMedia’s Access volunteers Jean-Francois Mezei, Ben Klass, and Teresa Murphy.

It appears as though Big Telecom is mismanaging funds collected explicitly to deliver Internet services to rural and remote communities across Canada. In a letter to telecom giants, the CRTC has expressed concern that the companies will be unable to meet their August 2014 deadline for building new access to nearly 272 rural towns and cities across the country.

read more Industry Canada’s broadband plan will still leave rural Canadians struggling to catch up


This morning’s Industry Canada rural broadband announcement will still leave many Canadians struggling to catch up with our global counterparts when it comes to broadband access, reliability, and speed. That’s according to community-based, which is campaigning for every Canadian to have quality, affordable broadband.

“Once again we see Industry Canada reheating previous announcements rather than making the dedicated investments and policy changes other countries are making,” says Executive Director Steve Anderson. “The government continues to flog their unambitious digital policy, while avoiding the bold action needed to connect Canadians to the cutting-edge digital (Read more…)