Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges Consumers and innovation are feeding local industry

This rural Quebec co-op is taking its technological future into its own hands. Do you think this model could be exported across Canada?

Article by Gazette Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Rigaud-based Coop CSUR began life as a grassroots alternative to major internet service providers who refused to provide high-speed internet access to rural sectors because of the infrastructure cost.

read more The Top 5 milestones in the fight to stop the Internet slow lane… this week.

Earlier this week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) extended its deadline for initial comments on rules that would allow Big Telecom conglomerates to force all websites who can’t pay expensive fees for privileged access into an Internet slow lane. The reason for the delay? Internet users around the world spoke out in such great numbers that the FCC’s servers came crashing down.


Needless to say, it’s been a busy week in the fight for authentic net neutrality. So, to get us all up to speed on where the debate currently sits, we’ve summed up some of (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: The Top 5 milestones in the fight to stop the Internet slow lane… this week. “Dear Canada: Don’t do it! Love, Australia.”

“Dear Canada: Don’t do it! Love, Australia.” Guest blog by Cynthia Khoo

Like a heavily copyrighted message in a bottle floating up to the shores of this week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Ottawa, Australia’s warning tells tales: do not let giant U.S. conglomerates mess with your intellectual property rights (IPR). At least, not if you care about the Internet and the future of sharing and collaborating online, not to mention innovation and the future of the public domain.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, July 18, 2014

Your news links for today:

Twitter account highlights history of Ottawa staffers making Wiki edits – CTV News Poll showing most Canadians want pot laws relaxed kept secret by Harper government – Metro Ontario police’s Big Data assigns secret guilt to people looking for jobs, crossing borders – Boing Boing Good for privacy rights, good for business – Ottawa Citizen Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones – CNET Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos – Ars Technica Rogers, Telus will no longer hand customer info to police without a warrant – CityNews Notice the Difference: (Read more…) Five things you did this past month to stop the TPP’s Internet Censorship plan

Our pro-Internet community has been busy this past month, taking on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on home turf and standing up to powerful interests who want to see the trade agreement finalized before the end of the year.

Internet citizens across the globe are justified in their concerns about the process of the negotiations, which has been kept deliberately inaccessible to stakeholders, including civil society groups and our own elected officials. Criticism is also widespread over the contents of the agreement, which we are familiar with only through a year-old leaked draft from WikiLeaks, exposing the terms of the Intellectual (Read more…) 4 Canadians who have had their lives turned upside down because of Peter MacKay’s privacy deficit

It’s been a busy few months on privacy issues here at OpenMedia. Our small team has been campaigning hard on your behalf to secure effective legal protections that safeguard the privacy of every resident of Canada.

Recently we’ve seen a number of disturbing stories come to light that underline just how important this campaign is. It can sometimes be difficult for everyday Canadians to see privacy as an issue that impacts their everyday lives – when in fact the human consequences of privacy breaches can be immense.

Here are just a few concrete examples of Canadians who’ve had their lives (Read more…) City News: Rogers, Telus will no longer hand customer info to police without a warrant

Under pressure from thousands of Canadians, two of Canada’s telecom giants have announced they’ll no longer hand your private information over to the government without a warrant. Way to go, Canada and thanks for speaking out at!

Article by Jim Bronskill for City News

Two major telecommunications firms — Rogers and Telus — say they will no longer routinely give basic customer information to police and security agencies without first seeing a warrant.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Your news links for today:

The World’s Next Major Trade Agreement Will Make NSA Spying Even Easier – VICE Motherboard Australian bill would jail those who report on leaked spying operations – Engadget Meet CISA – Dianne Feinstein’s Latest Attack on Privacy, Civil Liberties and the Internet – Liberty Blitzkrieg UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law – The Register UN Human Rights Report and the Turning Tide Against Mass Spying – EFF Meet Marsha Blackburn, Big Telecom’s Best Friend in Congress – VICE Motherboard Congressman Who Was Against Protecting Net Neutrality Flips Sides After (Read more…) Google, Netflix, and Facebook ask FCC to intervene in fight over Internet ‘congestion’

We’re at a critical point in the fight to preserve the innovative, open Internet. Check out where the next battle lines will be drawn and learn more at The top 5 unexpected allies in the fight against the Internet Slow Lane

What do websites devoted to frat-boy humor, handmade and vintage clothes, and saving the environment all have in common? They’re all passionate about saving the Internet from being forced into a slow lane. No, we’re not kidding.

The fight to save the open Internet as we know it has found allies in unexpected places. And your OpenMedia team isn’t the first to notice this. As Michael Masnick writing for TechDirt notes, “It’s also been fantastic to see that a number of innovative startups have decided to speak out on how important an open and free internet is (Read more…) Alphabeatic: Wireless data prices and the collective cost to our intelligence

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.

read more Tech Crunch: Tech Blogger Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

This big telecom provider takes the cake for disrespectful customer service. These are the same companies pushing the Internet slow lane. And they expect us to trust them. Speak out at

Article by John Biggs for Tech Crunch

If there’s one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it’s Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block probably knows exactly why he wants to cancel his Comcast service and, presumably, he’s not going to tell you or a Comcast service (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Your news links for today:

Political Staffers Tried to Delete the Senate Scandal (and Other Bad Behaviour) from Wikipedia – VICE Canada Canadian spy watchdog calls for safeguards on Five Eyes info sharing – Canadian Press on Scribd Privacy concerns emerge over automated licence plate scanners – Star Phoenix Canada Border Services deports man to DRC in secret – Toronto Star Emergency surveillance bill clears (UK) Commons – The Guardian UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping – Washington Post Julian Assange: Swedish judge rules to uphold arrest warrant – live – The Guardian The Future of Television Review (Read more…) We crashed the FCC’s website. So we took your voices straight to their offices in Washington, D.C.

We did it! Public outcry over Big Telecom’s efforts to force everyone (except those with really deep pockets) into an Internet slow lane has crashed the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) website.

Today was the final day to file initial comments with the FCC on the raging debate over Net Neutrality – that is, the idea that no Internet data should be forced into a slow lane online because of expensive ‘prioritization’ fees. Early this morning, the public comment system received an extraordinary amount of traffic from Internet users around the world. So far, the FCC has received over (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Your news links for today:

CSEC commissioner calls for safeguards on Five Eyes data sharing – CBC News Canada Actually Let Scientists Review the Success of Its Intelligence Gathering – VICE Motherboard ‘You are being tracked’: How cities use licence-plate scanners to create vast databases of vehicle sightings – National Post Obama administration says the world’s servers are ours – Ars Technica Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage – The Guardian Price Comparisons of Wireline, Wireless and Internet Services in Canada and with Foreign Jurisdictions – CRTC CRTC Report Confirms Yet Again: Canadian Wireless Prices Among Most (Read more…) YK Festival: High Tech, Low Life

If you’re in the Richmond area on July 25, don’t miss this screening of High Tech, Low Life, a new documentary film that tells the true story of two Chinese citizens who use the power of the Internet to report on social issues in heavily regulated China. Tickets are available for as low as $6 at

read more Youtube: Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help)

Warning: NSFW

Everything we love about the weird, wonderful Internet is at stake in the upcoming battle over Internet slow lanes. Don’t delay, speak out now at

read more Reddit is crowd-sourcing ways to push back against the Internet slow lane. You should join them.

Good news everyone! Our friends at reddit are crowd-sourcing a formal submission to the U.S. FCC about proposed rules that could force businesses and users everywhere into an Internet slow lane. As many of you already know, U.S. Big Telecom companies have been aggressively pushing a set of rules that would force everyone except those with deep, deep pockets (think: major media conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.

At the heart of the debate is the status of “net neutrality” – arguably the founding principle of the Internet, (Read more…) Looking to lower your wireless bill? Steer clear of the Big Three, suggests new study

A new study commissioned by the CRTC confirms that the Big Three – Rogers, Telus, and Bell – are offering Canadians far less bang for their buck than new independent providers when it comes to mobile phone and Internet service.

Sadly, the report confirms that Canadians still pay some of the highest prices for wireless service in the industrialized world. Canada continues to lag behind its global counterparts, especially when compared with European nations. The silver lining on this familiar cloud is the impact that new independent providers like Wind and Mobilicity are having. As the report points out, overall, (Read more…) Government’s own report confirms Canadian wireless prices still amongst highest in industrialized world, while more affordable new entrants starting to have positive impact on costs


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…) It’s Big Telecom vs. YOU

The thing we love the most about the Internet is that it’s a level playing field for free expression, economic opportunity, and innovation.

But Big Telecom can’t stand this – and now they’re trying to squeeze more money from Internet users by destroying the free and open Internet that people everywhere built together.

These telecom giants are pushing rules that would force everybody who can’t afford the outrageous new fees into an Internet slow lane.1 But we have one more chance to stop this.

Tomorrow, the U.S. FCC will be reviewing their slow lane proposal. And we (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, July 14, 2014

Your news links for today:

TPP Experts Briefing: Informing TPP Negotiators of the Threats of Expanded Copyright Restrictions – EFF TPP trade talks too secret, NDP MP Don Davies says – CBC News Ottawa prepares to share personal data with foreign governments – Globe and Mail Canada wireless cancellation policy boosts cost for basic plans-study – Reuters 2014 Canadian Telecom Summit — What spectrum crunch? – Canadian Spectrum Policy Research Canadians That Access U.S. Netflix May Be in a Legal Grey Zone, But They Are Not Stealing – Michael Geist Net Neutrality: what it is, and why you should (Read more…) Internet Insider Video Update: Save Free Expression Online

Our awesome volunteer Darcy came in to provide you with this video update on the TPP, how it could censor the Internet, and what you can do about it. You can learn more at

read more Global: Mother of dead student hounded for 3 years by Bell for $215

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.

read more The Tyee: Last Chance for Canadians to Influence Secret Trade Talks?

We want YOU to help us save free expression. Check out what you can do at

Article by Bob Mackin for The Tyee

When the latest round of closed-door talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership was moved from Vancouver to Ottawa, so did the opposition to the 12-nation, pact-in-progress.

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