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European Commission consultation on the role of online platforms could result in a costly new ‘Link Tax’ and monitoring of billions of posts a day by online services
November 17, 2015 – Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a public consultation run by the European Commission on the role of online platforms, the result of which could be new copyright rules that would effectively shut down people’s right to freely link online. The 75,000-strong Save The Link network has created an Internet Voice Tool to send feedback (Read more…)
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 today by the New Zealand government, will force Canada to overwrite its current balanced copyright regime with draconian U.S.-style rules, including a 20 year extension to copyright terms. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to confirm whether Canada will ratify the TPP.
Digital rights (Read more…)
As monthly household telecom spending breaches the $200 mark for the first time, Canadians will be looking to incoming Liberal government for reassurance and action
October 22, 2015 – This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released the first part of their annual Communications Monitoring Report providing an overview of the Canadian communications sector. The report confirms that average monthly household spending on telecommunications rose 6% from 2013 to 2014, an average of $203 per month.
The report comes on the heels of a federal election–which saw a new Liberal government take a majority of (Read more…)
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 Internet facilities for smaller, independent Internet service providers (ISPs), and greater choice and affordability for Canadian Internet users. Canadians are expecting the newly-elected Liberal Cabinet, who will need to rule on Bell’s appeal, to ensure access to a wide range of fast, affordable Internet services independent of telecom giants (Read more…)
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 Ed Fast’s promise to release “a provisional copy” of the text for public scrutiny.
Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year retroactive copyright term extensions, and new criminal (Read more…)
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Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor the Internet and rob the public domain
October 5, 2015 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five years of negotiations and poses an extreme threat to free expression online.
Although the full text of the deal won’t be available for a month, recent leaks of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter show Canada faces an overhaul of copyright legislation, including: 20 year copyright term extensions, (Read more…)
Maude Barlow, the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians wants Stephen Harper to answer whether the just-announced “firesale of CBC buildings is part of getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed before October 19 to boost his chances of re-election.”
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The Council of Canadians and partners to appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling that favoured the Fair Elections Act’s restrictions on democratic participation.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership text reveals that U.S. pressure could result in new rules for Canadians that allow for website blocking, and new criminal penalties for copyright infringement
August 5, 2015 – Recently leaked documents from the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reveal that the secretive trade agreement would require Canada to make drastic changes to its copyright law, causing significant damage to free expression and restricting access to knowledge. The TPP is already shaping up as a major issue in the recently launched federal election.
Under the TPP, Canada’s copyright system, which underwent a review (Read more…)
The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations spoils Harper’s agenda promoting the corporate takeover of the Canadian public good, says the Council of Canadians.
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Plan lays out tangible steps for federal government to take to restore Canadians’ digital privacy
July 23, 2015 – Today OpenMedia released a new online video, based on input from over 125,000 Canadians, which outlines a clear plan to address Canada’s stark privacy deficit. With Bill C-51, warrantless spying, thousands of privacy breaches, and a multi-billion dollar government spy palace, Canadians have serious reasons to be concerned about their privacy rights — and have stepped up to build a solution.
Watch the video here: https://PrivacyPlan.ca/video
The video sets out three key priorities for how (Read more…)
New rules ensure that Canadians will be able to access an affordable range of services from a variety of providers outside Canada’s telecom giants
July 22, 2015 – A major ruling today from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) signals a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers, says OpenMedia.ca.
In late 2014, OpenMedia delivered crowdsourced input from over 30,000 Canadians as part of the hearing that informed today’s decision–and is claiming victory.
The ruling is the first step towards ensuring small independent ISPs are able (Read more…)
75,000-strong Save The Link Campaign welcomes the rejection of proposal that could have resulted in severe repercussions for free speech online
July 9, 2015 – Today the European Parliament firmly rejected a proposal that could have resulted in a new EU-wide ‘Link Tax’ with costly implications for Internet users across Europe and the world. A similar ‘Link Tax’ was introduced in Spain last December, where it forced Google News to shut operations, and resulted in web traffic to Spanish news sites plunging.
The proposal was contained in an amendment backed by large publishing conglomerates to an otherwise (Read more…)
Rogers $440 million takeover of Mobilicity will mean fewer choices and higher prices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation
June 24, 2015 – Mobilicity has accepted a $440 million takeover from Rogers, Inc., according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court. The deal, approved by Industry Canada, flies in the face of the government’s promises to increase mobile provider choice and affordability. The deal will see some of Mobilicity’s AWS-1 spectrum acquired by Wind Mobile, while a substantial amount of spectrum previously set aside (Read more…)
Reports over weekend suggest government is poised to allow Rogers and Telus to acquire Mobilicity’s valuable wireless spectrum, despite promises it would be set aside for affordable, independent providers
June 22, 2015: Mobilicity’s employees and founder are calling for government action to ensure their business can continue as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), even if their valuable wireless spectrum is acquired by other operators. Community-backed OpenMedia, which is running a sustained campaign for lower wireless prices, insists any deal must ensure that Canadians’ wireless choices are not further reduced.
The call comes following media reports over the (Read more…)
Official report finds that wireless prices are still rising steeply, and that overall telecom costs are among the most expensive in the industrialized world
June 18, 2015 – A major government report released this morning confirms that Canadians are still paying among the highest prices in the industrialized world for telecom service. The 2015 Wall Report, commissioned by the CRTC and Industry Canada, found that wireless prices are increasing across the board, with the cost of a standard 1GB monthly plan increasing by 7%, or over three times the rate of inflation (2.3%).
The report (Read more…)
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
June 3, 2015 – Beginning today, between 2 and 4 million Canadian mobile phone customers trapped in three year contracts will be able to cancel their agreement without penalty if their agreements have run 24 months or more under the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct. Community-backed group OpenMedia, who worked with tens of thousands of Canadians to shape the rules, has dubbed today “Cell Phone Freedom Day”.
Today’s measures ensure all Canadians enjoy (Read more…)