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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Where we are today

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

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

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

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) . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: New CRTC Chair Could Bring Change to Broken Internet Regulation

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) . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: New CRTC Chair Could Bring Change to Broken Internet Regulation

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

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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Mobile app empowers people with disabilities

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