Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

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

UnblockCanada_fbshare.jpg

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 released the annual Communications Monitoring Report for 2014, which provides an overview of the Canadian communications sector. The report confirms that Canadians have been hit with a year-to-year increase of 3.2% in costs for telecom services, despite government promises of lower prices.

The report shows Canada has a (Read more…)

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

NewLeakedDraft_TPP.png

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 rules for the 21st Century.

“It is hugely disappointing to see that, yet again, Canadians – and members of the public worldwide – have to be informed about these critical issues through leaked drafts, instead of through democratic engagement on the part of governments and elected officials,” (Read more…)

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

gatekeepers-share_1.png

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 long suffered from poor service and sky-high prices, we are sad to see public funds continue to prop up Big Telecom providers who have been under-serving and over-charging Canadians for years. Simply handing over taxpayer money to these giants won’t solve our national digital deficit. (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

gatekeepers-share_2-1.png

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 independent provider Wind Mobile has received around $300 million in new investment. The injection of new funds follows a series of positive changes in Canada’s wireless market which have made it easier for independent providers to operate on a level playing field with the Big Three providers, Bell, Rogers, (Read more…)

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

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 12.05.42 PM.png

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…)

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 Cory McNutt for Android Headlines

Canada’s wireless services are in a state of disarray – prices are going up as Rogers, TELUS and Bell continue to dominate the market while Wind Mobile is a distance fourth while Mobilicity is ready to go under. There have even (Read more…)

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, with little difference between the prices and services they offer.

Umm… WTF?

Canadians everywhere might be wondering: who’s running the show here? Big Telecom? Or the government?

read more

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

PoP_FBShare_130926.png

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 this case, there was a clear conflict of interest given that CSIS has been asked to aid the oil industry in monitoring environmentalists.”

“However Canadians should never have been put in this situation in the first place. Today’s announcement reinforces the need for a total (Read more…)

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

OpenMedia_CA_248x208.png

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 that the vast majority of the legislation was simply lifted from part of the government’s failed online spying (“Lawful Access”) Bill C-30. That’s according to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, which led the successful campaign that defeated Bill C-30 earlier this year.

read more

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. Tell Stephen Harper not to let American interests break Canada’s digital future.

read more

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

sayno-og_share.png

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) agreement. Over 100,000 people from around the world have already spoken through an online campaign at http://openmedia.org/censorship

read more

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

openmedialogo.jpg

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 revealed that complaints about telecom service in Canada increased by over 31%.

read more

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 phone Code of Conduct – that was put in place just weeks ago to protect us against price-gouging.

The Big Telecom motion specifically mentions “members of the public”. It’s you. It’s all Canadians that are now being attacked using a federal court.

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

Squeeze_DemandChoice_200x200_130122.jpg

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 action is required to ensure choice and affordability in Canada’s broken wireless market. The new rules come in response to an OpenMedia.ca campaign calling for mobile choice that can be found at http://demandchoice.ca.

read more

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

AstralCart.png

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 Astral Media. Thousands of Canadians have spoken out against the takeover, because it will lead to lost jobs, fewer media and telecom choices, higher prices, and less opportunity for free expression.

Just four large, unaccountable Big Media conglomerates (Bell, Quebecor, Rogers, and Shaw) control over 86% of Canadian cable and (Read more…)

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 curb any public protest over the controversial agreement, and to keep citizens and other stakeholders on the outside.

The TPP—known to many as the Internet Trap—is an international trade agreement that is being put together by a group of 600 industry lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected government trade (Read more…)

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 agency operating in near-total secrecy that appears to be doing the same thing – recklessly collecting and storing our most sensitive private information in giant databases.3

This is important: We need to know what sensitive private data is being collected and stored, and (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government spectrum transfer decision will stop Telus from taking over assets set aside for new affordable mobile services for Canadians

Squeeze_DemandChoice_200x200_130122.jpg

OpenMedia.ca commends Industry Minister response to citizen campaign for choice and affordability in cell phone market, calls for more clarity

June 4, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is welcoming today’s government announcement that it will continue to set aside valuable wireless spectrum for new entrants – a decision that should help level the playing friend for independent providers and large incumbent telecom conglomerates. However the citizen group says Canadians want to see more clarity from the Minister regarding Rogers’ plan to obtain spectrum set aside for new independent mobile services for Canadians. The Rogers plan breaks Industry Canada (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca welcomes new CRTC Code of Conduct reining in 3 year contracts as positive step forward for cell phone customers

8637598334_d8cebe642a.jpg

New Code a starting point that begins to addresses citizen concerns on broken cell phone market

June 3, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is welcoming the CRTC’s publication of its new Code of Conduct for Canadian cell phone providers. The new Code addresses restrictive three year contracts while leaving some work to do in other areas.

OpenMedia.ca says that Canadians will welcome new rules stipulating that cell phone users can exit their contracts after two years without penalty, even if they have signed up for a longer term. Under the new Code, cell phone users can also unlock (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian organizations join new coalition concerned with Internet censorship in controversial international agreement

stand against TPP.png

As officials meet in Peru for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canadian groups are helping launch an international “Fair Deal” coalition

May 21, 2013 – Today, OpenMedia.ca and a coalition of organisations representing a diversity of interests have come together from around the world to ask for a fair deal on intellectual property (IP) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement being negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. The changes to copyright required by the TPP would reduce access (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Is Ottawa mishandling your personal data?

The federal government may be the biggest risk to Canadians’ privacy as “some government departments have suffered breaches virtually every 48 hours.”

The government continually pushes for more of our private data, yet history shows it as a great deal of troubling protecting it. We deserve better. Call for a pro-privacy commitment now: http://openmedia.ca/stand

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star:

As Canadians focused last week on the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the RCMP arrests of two men accused of plotting to attack Via Rail, the largest sustained series of privacy breaches in Canadian (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: J.D. Power study shows cell phone rates are rising sharply; OpenMedia.ca available for comment

DC-Fees_200x200_130423.png

Cell phone prices rising 13% more quickly than inflation

WHO: Steve Anderson, Executive Director, OpenMedia.ca Lindsey Pinto, Communications Manager, OpenMedia.ca

WHAT: J.D Power & Associates released a study that shows Canadians are paying 13% more for cell phone service than they did last year – this while Canada’s overall inflation rate holds steady at 1%.

At the start of 2013, the average monthly cell phone bill in Canada topped $77, an increase of $9 from 2012, according to the study.

OpenMedia.ca says that this is largely due to a “broken cell phone market”, in (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: City of Vancouver releases digital strategy, while Industry Canada quietly continues to delay

115.jpg

OpenMedia.ca lauds Vancouver plan, stating that a strategy is crucial for a vibrant digital future

April 16, 2013 – As Canadians wait with increasingly less patience for Industry Canada’s long-promised digital strategy, it appears that one city is taking matters into its own hands. From their mountainous British Columbia home, councillors of the City of Vancouver have crafted a plan that includes providing public wi-fi, sponsoring digital literacy programs, and creating a dedicated “digital services” department.

The Digital Strategy is slated to be implemented over a four year period, and is valued at approximately $30 million.

OpenMedia. (Read more…) a pro-Internet citizens’ group that has decried the ongoing delays in the federal government’s digital strategy—one promised four years ago—is lauding the City of Vancouver’s plans, agreeing that they take steps toward a more vibrant digital future for Vancouverites.

read more

. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: City of Vancouver releases digital strategy, while Industry Canada quietly continues to delay

OpenMedia.ca: Pressure from Canadians is starting to have an effect: Paradis signals discomfort with the Shaw-Rogers backroom deal

Today, on a call with reporters, Industry Minister Christian Paradis signalled that he may take a stand to ensure we don’t see even less choice in Canada’s already uncompetitive and dysfunctional cell phone market.

Earlier this year Shaw announced that it would attempt to sell quality spectrum—a key resource for providing cell phone service—to Canada’s largest provider, Rogers. Over 33,000 Canadians have since spoken out against the deal, saying that this would concentrate even more power in Rogers’ hands, and lead to more price-gouging and disrespectful service. The call was also made in a letter to the Industry Minister

. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Pressure from Canadians is starting to have an effect: Paradis signals discomfort with the Shaw-Rogers backroom deal

OpenMedia.ca: Push Back in the Media | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

Hello!

Here’s Lindsey with your update:

read more