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OpenMedia.ca: Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

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Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules 

November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

OpenMedia.ca: Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

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Bell Canada is calling on the new federal Cabinet to overturn pro-customer CRTC requirements to ensure Canadians can access high-speed independent providers

October 21, 2015 – This morning it was reported that Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is challenging a landmark CRTC decision that promised fair access to fibre . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

OpenMedia.ca: WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

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Confirmed: retroactive 20 year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks

October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after Trade Minister . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

OpenMedia.ca: Media Advisory: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new mobile phone customer protection rules come into effect for 2–4 million Canadians

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Code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data

 

Image credit: Mobile Phones And Abercrombie by Garry Knight (CC BY-NC 2.0) https://flic.kr/ps/8e5AR

WHO:

Josh Tabish, Campaigns Manager, OpenMedia

. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Media Advisory: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new mobile phone customer protection rules come into effect for 2–4 million Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: Breaking – We want a restart to flawed Bill C-51, not tinkering

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March 27, 2015: News that the government will admit up to ten amendments to Bill C-51 has been given a cautious welcome by community-based organization OpenMedia, which is campaigning to scrap the bill. However the amendments will not go anywhere near far enough to address serious concerns about the impact . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Breaking – We want a restart to flawed Bill C-51, not tinkering

OpenMedia.ca: Obama Administration to provide citizens with faster, cheaper Internet while Canada falls behind

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Internet advocates celebrate Obama’s move, and point to it as the type of action required to get Canada’s Internet rates and speeds on par with global counterparts.

January 14, 2015 – Internet advocates are celebrating this afternoon’s announcement from the Obama Administration pushing for common-sense steps to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Obama Administration to provide citizens with faster, cheaper Internet while Canada falls behind

OpenMedia.ca: Confirmed: Shaw rings in 2015 by charging higher prices for slower Internet

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January 6, 2015 – Shaw today confirmed that it will be charging higher prices for slower Internet in 2015. Concerned Internet users warned of these price hikes back in December and confirmation today has sparked outrage online. The changes mean that new customers will need to choose between getting slower Internet speeds, or paying more for a . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Confirmed: Shaw rings in 2015 by charging higher prices for slower Internet

OpenMedia.ca: Government’s Facebook mass spying plan will further erode privacy of law-abiding Canadians

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Media reports this morning have revealed that the federal government is building an expansive Social Media Monitoring system to collect, store, and analyze what Canadians say on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Government’s Facebook mass spying plan will further erode privacy of law-abiding Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: New report from CRTC confirms Canadian telecom sector remains dominated by large conglomerates, keeping prices high and blocking Canadians from new affordable options

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: New report from CRTC confirms Canadian telecom sector remains dominated by large conglomerates, keeping prices high and blocking Canadians from new affordable options

OpenMedia.ca: Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide

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October 16, 2014 – This morning Wikileaks published a second leaked draft of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The draft confirms people’s worst fears about Internet censorship. That’s according to community-based organization OpenMedia, which is leading a large international Fair Deal Coalition aimed at securing balanced copyright . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide

OpenMedia.ca: Government’s digital strategy props up Big Telecom giants at expense of rural Canadians

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In response to this morning’s announcement by Industry Minister James Moore regarding funding for Internet service providers (ISPs) looking to expand broadband services into rural and remote parts of Canada, OpenMedia.ca Campaigns Coordinator, Josh Tabish, said:

“While we welcome any measure that would improve Internet service for rural Canadians who have . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Government’s digital strategy props up Big Telecom giants at expense of rural Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: Efforts to deliver greater wireless choice and lower prices start to pay off, as indie cell phone provider Wind secures investment to become fourth national carrier

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News of $300m in new investment into Wind follows multi-year campaign that secured customer safeguards, new wireless rules, and a more level playing field for independent wireless providers.

September 15, 2014 – Canadians can look forward to lower wireless prices and improved choice, after it was revealed today that . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Efforts to deliver greater wireless choice and lower prices start to pay off, as indie cell phone provider Wind secures investment to become fourth national carrier

OpenMedia.ca: Prevented Telus/Mobilicity takeover is welcome news, but more govt action needed to level playing field and ensure wireless choice

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Prevented Telus/Mobilicity takeover is welcome news, but more govt action needed to level playing field and ensure wireless choice

OpenMedia.ca: Android Headlines: three is NOT the magic number for wireless carriers

This piece on a high-profile U.S. website shows that word is spreading fast about Canada’s broken wireless market. Canadians are tired of the high prices and lack of choice that are holding back our digital economy. Tell Industry Minister Moore its time to rein in our telecom giants at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers.

Article by . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Android Headlines: three is NOT the magic number for wireless carriers

OpenMedia.ca: Wireless price-hikes! OK who’s running the show here: Big Telecom or the government?

In February, Industry Minister James Moore announced that the government has heard our voices, and promised that everyday Canadians would soon experience lower costs and greater choice in our broken mobile phone and Internet market.

In March, less than a month later, Canada’s Big Telecom cartel jacks up prices across all providers, . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Wireless price-hikes! OK who’s running the show here: Big Telecom or the government?

OpenMedia.ca: Strahl resignation underlines need for total overhaul of spy agency oversight

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Responding to news that Chuck Strahl has resigned as Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson said:

“Today’s news is welcome, because all of us can agree that publicly funded government watchdogs should not be employed by those connected to the agencies they are overseeing. In . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Strahl resignation underlines need for total overhaul of spy agency oversight

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca concerned “cyberbullying” legislation will unnecessarily erode the privacy of law-abiding Canadians

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Legislation includes invasive elements of the government’s discredited online spying Bill C-30 that was canned earlier this year after 150,000 Canadians spoke out

November 20, 2013 – Today Justice Minister Peter MacKay introduced legislation that many hoped would focus on tackling the serious issue of cyberbullying. It appears . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca concerned “cyberbullying” legislation will unnecessarily erode the privacy of law-abiding Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: Their secret revealed

It’s worse – much worse – than we thought. A bombshell leak by Wikileaks just revealed how giant U.S. conglomerates are about to impose an extreme Internet censorship plan that will wreck Canada’s digital future. They’re trying to wrap this up — we have to stop this right now. . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Their secret revealed

OpenMedia.ca: BREAKING: Leaked documents reveal Canadian government being pressured by US to accept extreme Internet censorship proposals in the TPP

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Proposed secret transnational Internet censorship courts would override Canadian law and restrict freedom of expression online.

November 13, 2013 – This morning WikiLeaks released secret documents that have confirmed an extreme Internet censorship plan is being pushed behind closed doors as part of the International Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: BREAKING: Leaked documents reveal Canadian government being pressured by US to accept extreme Internet censorship proposals in the TPP

OpenMedia.ca: MEDIA ADVISORY: Telecom complaints soar by 31% in just twelve months, OpenMedia.ca available for comment

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Canadians still waiting to see whether government lives up to promise to secure more choice and lower prices in broken telecom market

WHO Steve Anderson, Executive Director, OpenMedia.ca David Christopher, Communications Manager, OpenMedia.ca. (778-232-1858, david@openmedia.ca)

WHAT The Annual Report of Canada’s Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services have . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: MEDIA ADVISORY: Telecom complaints soar by 31% in just twelve months, OpenMedia.ca available for comment

OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom is actually taking you to court

Last night as I was wrapping up my day, I took one last glance at my email and I couldn’t believe my eyes.

It was our public interest lawyer notifying me that Canada’s cell phone giants have just quietly put forward a motion in Federal Court to overturn parts of our new cell . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom is actually taking you to court

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca calls new Industry Canada framework a welcome step, but clear action required to give Canadians access to affordable mobile service

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New rules may help address past government policy failures, but much more needs to be done to fix Canada’s broken cell phone market

June 28, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is saying that Industry Canada’s new rules on supporting affordable wireless options for Canadians are a welcome step forward, but more . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca calls new Industry Canada framework a welcome step, but clear action required to give Canadians access to affordable mobile service

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians disappointed in CRTC decision to approve Big Media Bell’s power-grab of Astral Media

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Takeover will mean lost jobs, higher prices, and less media choice – it’s time for government to take clear action to tackle Big Media dominance, says OpenMedia.ca

JUNE 27, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is condemning today’s CRTC decision to allow big media giant Bell to take over . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Canadians disappointed in CRTC decision to approve Big Media Bell’s power-grab of Astral Media

OpenMedia.ca: TPP negotiations quietly arrive in Canada

We’ve just learned that the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have come to Canada for an intersessional round of talks.

iPolitics is reporting that negotiators are in Vancouver this weekend to discuss the TPP’s investment chapter. These “mini-negotiations” were not publicized by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – likely to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: TPP negotiations quietly arrive in Canada

OpenMedia.ca: Who’s watching you?

You probably saw on the news that a U.S. government agency has been caught secretly spying on the private communications of millions of people like you – through their cell phones,1 and through popular online services like Google, Facebook, and Skype.2

Now, The Globe And Mail is reporting that Canada has its own . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Who’s watching you?