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OpenMedia.ca: As Big Telecom ramps up lobbying, will government cave?

It looks like Big Three telecom giants are fighting hard to maintain their stranglehold over our wireless market, and over Canadians’ wallets. The Big Three have been on the back foot since pressure from tens of thousands of Canadians won positive new customer protection rules last year, along with a clear government commitment to increase choice and lower prices.

Now Big Telecom is pushing back. They’re sitting on huge piles of cash after years of price-gouging Canadians with some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. It seems they’ve been using that money to hire expensive Ottawa lobbyists to (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Progress In Canada’s High Internet Pricing — Indie ISPs lowering rates

Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of Canadians, it looks like independent ISPs like Teksavvy, Distributel, Acanac, and Start are finally gaining the ability to do what Canadians need them to do: provide independent affordable Internet services, and in so doing provide a check on Big Telecom price-gouging.

For example, indie ISP TekSavvy recently announced that they are lowering their DSL prices by about 18% on average. This is a big deal – and it’s been a long time coming.

Here’s the step-by-step of what happened:

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OpenMedia.ca: The Meter | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca pleased as CRTC take steps to ease Big Telecom’s grip on affordable Internet options

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CRTC responds to Canadians after big telecom companies attempt a “backdoor price hike” using their control of digital infrastructure

February 21, 2013 – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released a decision today that could bring more affordable choices to Canada’s Internet service market. The decision responds to a grassroots movement of Canadians who believe big telecom companies have placed hidden fees on independent Internet service providers (ISPs) and made telecom bills more expensive for users across the country.

Overall, today’s CRTC decision appears to take small steps towards reining in those fees, bringing telecom costing closer

OpenMedia.ca: Companies admit usage limits are not about congestion.

Cable companies (in the U.S.) finally admit that usage limits are not about congestion as they had insisted for years, and as many companies continue to insist.

With your help we’ve managed to save independent options, but we still face the challenge of eliminating price-gouging limits on our phone and Internet use in Canada. If you haven’t yet, send decision makers a clear message that we won’t tolerate being gouged by big telecom companies: http://StoptheMeter.ca/

Article by Karl Bode for DSL Reports:

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OpenMedia.ca: A Critical Time | Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: Bringing Big Telecom down to earth: Help up create a new set of rules for Canada’s telecom giants

If you had the chance – what would you say to the heads of Canada’s Big Telecom giants? It’s a tiring process trying to talk with someone – anyone – from within Big Telecom who seems t… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Bringing Big Telecom down to earth: Help up create a new set of rules for Canada’s telecom giants

OpenMedia.ca: Another victory for Canadians as CRTC calls for increased transparency

A CRTC decision came down on Friday for more transparency to how Big Telecom assigns wholesale rates and pricing. This is another sign of progress for the +500,000 Canadian citizens who spoke out through StopTheMeter.ca.

Use our online tool at OpenMedia.ca/Switch to find independent providers in your area and read more about the CRTC transparency decision.

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OpenMedia.ca: The Gazette: Big Telecom ordered to open their books

After thousands of Canadians spoke out against Big Telecom’s price-gouging through StopTheMeter.ca, the CRTC has announced a decision that will lead to more transparency in Internet service costs.

As Canadians get closer to finding out the true costs behind our Internet services, we’re also getting closer to a levelled playing field between telecom choices. Use our online tool at OpenMedia.ca/Switch to discover independent telecom choices in your area.

Article by Jason Magder for The Gazette

It’s the second pro-consumer decision in a week for the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission.

Last week, the CRTC rejected the

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OpenMedia.ca: CRTC pushes Big Telecom to be more transparent, to set the stage for more choice for Canadians

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Pro-Internet community lauds CRTC decision to open up Big Telecom’s costing process

October 26, 2012 – The CRTC announced today that Big Telecom will have to make more of its costing process public. Much of the “confidential” information submitted by Big Telecom to establish wholesale rates will now be put on the public record.

Today’s decision addresses some of the concerns expressed by independent ISPs during the fight against usage-based billing (see the StopTheMeter.ca campaign). These small providers argued that wholesale prices have been artificially hiked, and that that has led to increasingly limited competition, and

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OpenMedia.ca: Canadians are taking back the CRTC and our communications

Professor Michael Geist talks about how Canadians are taking back the CRTC and our communications system.

For more on the historic StopTheMeter.ca UBB campaign click here. Join OpenMedia.ca at OpenMedia.ca/allies.

To see the full interview, click here.

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OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Netflix exec says "Canadians have almost third-world access to the Internet"

Big telecom companies across Canada are continuing to employ ‘usage-based billing’, an punitive billing practice that restricts data allowances. Though many of you fought back against UBB via the Stop The Meter campaign—you prevented it from being imposed across the entire Internet service market—Big Telecom continues to use it to price-gouge Canadians.

Tell the CRTC that we want a full and comprehensive review of Big Telecom’s Internet rates and hidden fees at PriceHike.ca. Together, we can put an end to this deceptive data pricing.

A recent study suggests that some 10 per cent of Canadians now use the

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OpenMedia.ca: Where we are today

Lobbyists have been seeking greater control over the Internet on multiple fronts – but citizens have been coming together in huge numbers (and across borders) to use the Internet to save the Internet. This is revolutionizing politics around the world.

As we head into fall, we’re energized to see that our work is moving forward, bringing greater cooperation and coordination both with international partners and with groups of citizens. We’re taking a moment to update you on what’s at stake, and ways you can help…

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OpenMedia.ca: Postmedia: Rogers seeks court approval to lie to Canadians

Today Rogers is butting heads with the Competition Bureau in the Ontario Superior Court. This big telecom company is seeking court approval to lie to Canadians in their advertising. This after Rogers was called out for making false claims in their ads.

Pro-Internet community member Brian Kno—who shared this on our Facebook Wall—boils it down well: “If they win then every single conman could claim the same bull!”

Article by Sarah Schmidt for Postmedia News:

A company’s right to free expression is up against Canada’s truth-in-advertising rules as Rogers Communications and the Competition Bureau begin to duke it

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Broadband Data Caps Could Get Review from U.S. Lawmakers

The US Justice Department is investigating whether cable operators are improperly suppressing competition through data caps (or metered billing). The data caps are being labeled as ‘anticompetitive’, suggesting that their motives could be to dissuade consumers from cheaper Internet-based viewing options instead of pricier content distributed through cable.

Here in Canada we stopped metered billing from being imposed on indie ISPs and every Canadian (http://bit.ly/wTkiuq), but data caps are still in place and seem to be getting worse. We’re continuing to push the CRTC to fix this (more on this soon), but do you think our government

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OpenMedia.ca: New Zealand pushes back against TPP agreement; calls for a “fair deal”

Momentum is building for the StopTheTrap.net campaign, as new initiatives are being launched to oppose the criminalizing and invasive provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. One of our international coalition partners, InternetNZ, launched a campaign this week called Fair Deal, which draws attention to potential changes to New Zealand copyright law that would be forced by the TPP.

The idea behind copyright is to allow creators to profit from their works, providing incentive to continue creating and innovating. But overly-strict copyright law is often used to ensure that Big Media conglomerates can profit from existing works, and

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OpenMedia.ca: New CRTC Chair Could Bring Change to Broken Internet Regulation

Jean Pierre Blais was recently appointed as the new chairman of the CRTC, a move which has many in the pro-Internet hopeful for a shift away from the misguided and harmful policymaking that we’ve seen in the last few years. The CRTC is responsible for regulating the Internet Traffic Management Practices (ITMPs) of Internet service providers, i.e. making sure that lawful content isn’t throttled. However York University professor David Ellis recently wrote two blog posts arguing that current CRTC policy encourages price-gouging and an uncompetitive Internet market, while its system for enforcing its own regulations is woefully inefficient.

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OpenMedia.ca: New CRTC Chair Could Bring Change to Broken Internet Regulation

Jean Pierre Blais was recently appointed as the new chairman of the CRTC, a move which has many in the pro-Internet hopeful for a shift away from the misguided and harmful policymaking that we’ve seen in the last few years. The CRTC is responsible for regulating the Internet Traffic Management Practices (ITMPs) of Internet service providers, i.e. making sure that lawful content isn’t throttled. However York University professor David Ellis recently wrote two blog posts arguing that current CRTC policy encourages price-gouging and an uncompetitive Internet market, while its system for enforcing its own regulations is woefully inefficient.

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OpenMedia.ca: What the Future Holds: Weekly Update from OpenMedia.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: Affordability and transparency in the aftermath of the StopTheMeter.ca campaign

It’s been over a year and a half since we at OpenMedia.ca launched the StopTheMeter.ca campaign. After the CRTC decided to allow Big Telecom to impose usage-based billing—Internet metering—on their independent competitors in November 2010, thousands of Canadians came together to push for online choice and affordability, and managed to change politics and policy in Canada forever.

After the November 2010 launch of the now-famous petition, it took four months to go from one thousand to four-hundred thousand participants. By the end of February 2011, the government had ordered the CRTC back to the drawing board on

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OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Mobile app empowers people with disabilities

Here’s another reason why protecting our digital future is so important: accessibility. Since we started out, we’ve been getting a lot of email from people with disabilities and elderly people who rely on the Internet, apps, and emerging technologies to improve their quality of life. They (many of you, really) remind us how important it is to ensure we have an open and affordable Internet and to fight for a vibrant digital future.

Article by By Maureen Brosnahan for CBC News:

Tyler Austin is one of thousands of Canadians who can now speak, thanks to MyVoice, a new technology developed

OpenMedia.ca: Image: The Big Telecom price-gouging cycle

The cycle of telecom price-gouging. Take action: http://pricehike.ca/

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OpenMedia.ca: Mercer Report: The Bell-Rogers anger continuum (Spoof)

Have you tried ConglomerMate? If you have, you and your loved one should also try making the switch from Big Telecom.

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OpenMedia.ca: Taking it in stride: Weekly Update from OpenMedia.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: Letter to Supporters: You’ve done something amazing

Earlier this year things looked pretty bleak for supporters of online privacy, affordability, and openness. From costly and warrantless online spying, to scary new Internet lockdown restrictions, to a hike in cell phone fees, it looked like those in government and Big Telecom had finally had enough of the Internet.

But together, in historic proportions, we reached hundreds of thousands of Canadians, and changed key government decisions. All thanks to you who signed petitions, reached out on Facebook and Twitter, donated to support our work and tools, and joined our group of crucial Allies.

Most importantly we’ve built an

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