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OpenMedia.ca: Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music

Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don’t they treat all services equally? Let’s put Canadians in the driver’s seat – not these out of touch telecom giants.

Article by Peter Nowak for Arstechnica

Quebec wireless provider Videotron looks to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music

OpenMedia.ca: We’re Telling U.S. Congress to Stop the Sneak Attack on the Internet Slow Lane

Well, here we go again: a powerful committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would kill the FCC’s Open Internet rules – or, so-called “Net Neutrality” rules – that we fought hard for and won after a long battle alongside a broad coalition of civil society . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We’re Telling U.S. Congress to Stop the Sneak Attack on the Internet Slow Lane

OpenMedia.ca: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day!

Good news Canada! June 3, 2015 is Cell Phone Freedom Day. Starting next Wednesday, three year contracts which have run for 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. For example, if you entered into a 3-year cell phone contract on June 3, 2013, you now have the option of . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day!

OpenMedia.ca: Zuckerberg’s Internet.org is NOT the real Internet. It’s a trap

In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like India, Brazil, 

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OpenMedia.ca: Guardian: Facebook is NOT the Internet

If Zuckerberg actually cares about helping the world’s poorest in this way, he should use his wealth and influence to boost the initiatives that are already on the ground.

Article by John Naughton for The Guardian 

Some years ago, I had a conversation with a senior minister in which he revealed that . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Guardian: Facebook is NOT the Internet

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Zuckerberg’s Internet.org overshadows local efforts to get people connected to the full Internet

Internet.org not only violates net neutrality, it puts privacy, free expression and innovation at risk wherever it goes.

Speak out now at No Fake Internet. 

Article by Timothy Karr for the Huffington Post

Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for world domination is in deep trouble.

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OpenMedia.ca: 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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Alphabeatic: Canada still leads in high wireless prices

OpenMedia.ca: Bell Mobility is taking Canadians to court so it can keep artificially inflating the price of competing apps and services

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In an effort to make Internet services more like cable TV, Bell is trying to overturn a CRTC decision forcing the company to treat other video services fairly on their network

February 23, 2015 – Over the weekend, OpenMedia learned that Bell Mobility filed a motion with the . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Bell Mobility is taking Canadians to court so it can keep artificially inflating the price of competing apps and services

OpenMedia.ca: How Canada’s net neutrality rules are some of the best in the world

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post.

Yesterday, U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his agency’s commitment to the strongest possible rules to prevent telecommunications companies from forcing certain websites and services into a slow lane online.

At issue here are so-called “net neutrality” rules – rules . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How Canada’s net neutrality rules are some of the best in the world

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.

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: Obama calls for strongest possible net neutrality rules… And saves the Internet?

As you may have heard, this morning, U.S. President Barack Obama came out with a decisive statement calling for the strongest possible rules to prevent slow lanes on the Internet. You can read the details in the statement we put out here, but the short version is that Obama unequivocally, and unambiguously . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Obama calls for strongest possible net neutrality rules… And saves the Internet?

The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Progressive Joins Global Net Neutrality Protest

Today, The Canadian Progressive joins millions of websites, digital rights organizations and Internet freedom fighters demanding stronger “net neutrality” protections.

The post The Canadian Progressive Joins Global Net Neutrality Protest appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: 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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: It’s Big Telecom vs. YOU

OpenMedia.ca: Say No to The Internet Slow Lane

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OpenMedia.ca: The Internet you know is about to look a whole lot different. And you might not like what you see.

Back in January, three judges in Washington, D.C.’s US Court of Appeals made a game-changing legal decision in the case of Verizon v. FCC, that would allow giant telecom conglomerates to block or slow down any content they want on their networks.

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OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass complaint against Bell prompts CRTC to review mobile Internet rules

Several months ago, we let you know that Manitoba resident and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass had filed a complaint with Canada’s telecom policymaker, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Ben’s complaint claimed that telecom giant Bell was unfairly stifling certain types of mobile content over their wireless networks to give . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass complaint against Bell prompts CRTC to review mobile Internet rules

OpenMedia.ca: European Parliament Opposes Restrictive Measures in Both CETA and ITU

According to Internet freedom group European Digital Rights, provisions that would criminalize our Internet use may be dropped from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)! While the battle isn’t… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: European Parliament Opposes Restrictive Measures in Both CETA and ITU

Things Are Good: Declaration of Internet Freedom

Around the world governments are trying to restrain the ability of people to freely share information across the internet. Bills like SOPA in the USA and Bill C-30 in Canada to the more recent TPP all focus on propping up old media monopolies and curtailing people’s privacy and communication rights. The most effective and extreme . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Declaration of Internet Freedom

OpenMedia.ca: The CRTC Writes Back: Rogers Must Stop P2P Throttling

It’s a true coming-of-age story. A year after reluctantly revisiting and then comprising on Usage Based Billing (UBB), the CRTC has taken to proactive measures in dealing with the misconduct of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

In a courteous, yet sharply worded letter, the Commission took grievance with Rogers’ Internet Traffic Management Practices (ITMPs) earlier . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The CRTC Writes Back: Rogers Must Stop P2P Throttling

OpenMedia.ca: It’s Official: Gamers have Caught Rogers Violating Internet Openness Rules

openmedia_logo.jpg CRTC’s enforcement division to handle complaint against Rogers restricting access to online services October 27, 2011— The Canadians Gamers Organization’s (CGO) current b… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: It’s Official: Gamers have Caught Rogers Violating Internet Openness Rules

Art Threat: A new generation of threats to online freedom – Report by ONI details 3rd generation strategies for online interference

Worried about how the Internet is being transformed from a creative playground into a structure for dominance and control? You should be, at least that’s the warning from the OpenNet Initative in their latest publication, Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (2010, The MIT Press). The Internet remains one of […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: A new generation of threats to online freedom – Report by ONI details 3rd generation strategies for online interference

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading…- While I agree with Murray Dobbin’s latest to a point, I’d think it’s worth clarifying exactly what kind of fight we can and should expect from the NDP over the next four years. To the extent one consid… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

eaves.ca: The Audacity of Shaw: How Canada’s Internet just got Worse

It is really, really, really hard to believe. But as bad as internet access is in Canada, it just got worse. Yesterday, Shaw Communications, a Canadian telecommunications company and internet service provider (ISP) that works mostly in Western Canada announced they are launching Movie Club, a new service to compete with Netflix. On the surface […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Audacity of Shaw: How Canada’s Internet just got Worse

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.- Kai Nagata’s post on why he quit his job as a reporter is well worth a read in full. But let’s particularly note his observations which may apply just as much to many other jobs as to positions in the media (eve… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links