Professional cellphone contract negotiators are now haggling for better deals on behalf of Canadians who are either frustrated or unwilling to discuss their cellphone bills, contracts and plans with their wireless providers.
If the government allows big telecom to succeed in taking over Canada's independent wireless assets, even higher cellphone bills than ever before. Don't forget to http://demandchoice.ca/
From CBC News:
Discussing cellphone bills, contracts and plans with their wireless provider is something many Canadians would rather not do — so a number of entrepreneurs are offering to haggle with service providers on their behalf.
Companies such as mybillsarehigh.com negotiate with wireless providers like Rogers or Bell to get customers a better deal, in return for a cut of the savings. Read more »
The US government is proposing to expand wiretap design laws in order to intercept Internet audio and video chats. This expansion will require software companies to change their current operations, and those that are not able to do so will face fines. If allowed to go through, this expansion could pose serious security risks to ordinary users of the Internet, allowing thieves & foreign agents a new and discreet way to listen in on conversations.
We must remain vigilant to ensure that such proposals do not take hold here in Read more »
Citizen engagement meets policy work as we push for strong national rules to protect cell phone users
We at OpenMedia.ca have been working hard to ensure your voices are heard as the CRTC works to develop national rules to protect cell phone users.
If we’re successful this Code of Conduct could play a big role in increasing cell phone providers’ transparency, curbing certain price-gouging practices, and dialing back the all-too-common punitive long-term cell phone service contracts. As only three large companies continue to control 94% of Canada’s wireless market, the CRTC rules could Read more »
Copyright affects us all - artists, musicians, journalists, and anyone who enjoys sharing Facebook posts or YouTube videos with their friends. That was the clear message from last night’s Remix This: A Copyright Cabaret event, which brought together people from all walks of life in an exciting attempt to reimagine the whole concept of copyright.
Over a hundred Vancouverites attended the FreshMedia event in person, and were joined by many more from around the world who followed the discussion live using hashtag #RemixThis on Twitter.
The hilarious duo of Deep Rogue Ram - Heather Libby and Kai Nagata - emceed the night's proceedings. They were joined by a stellar lineup of guest speakers, including Kirby Ferguson (Writer, Director and Filmmaker), Geof Glass (SFU Communications PhD student), Kimberly Baker (local Disciplinary Artist), Martha Rans (Copyright Lawyer and co-founder of Artists’ Legal Outreach), Ellen Broad (Australian Digital Alliance), Erik Ashdown (co-founder of Indiloop), and Rupert Common (Rap Lyricist and Comedian).
We're working hard to make sure your voices are heard on the proposed Telus takeover of Mobilicity, one of our largest independent cell phone providers, as demonstrated in this article. If the government allows this deal to go through, it will mean even less choice and even higher prices for Canadians.
It's time to stand together and send Industry Minister Paradis a clear message - add your name at http://DemandChoice.ca/
From the Techvibes Newsdesk:
Telecommunications giant Telus has agreed to acquire discount wireless carrier Mobilicity for $380 million. Read more »
Here's Arielle with your update:
Watch Arielle's video update to hear this week's news. This week we discuss the 17th round of the TPP's secretive negotiations in Lima, Peru. Please head to StopTheTrap.net to demand that governments involved in the TPP make the process transparent, accountable, and open to public participation and to all interested stakeholders. Read more »
The CRTC held a public hearing last week in response to Bell—Canada’s largest telecom and media conglomerate—once again attempting to take over Astral Media. Last year, the telecom giant unveiled a $3.4B plan to take control of Astral, one of Canada's largest media companies. Canada already has one of the most highly concentrated media systems in the industrialized world, and this deal would only make this situation worse by giving Bell a monopolistic share of the media market.
After thousands of Canadians and public interest groups decried the original takeover attempt, the CRTC denied the deal, saying that Bell had not proven the takeover would benefit the broadcasting system or be in the public interest. So Bell came back with a slightly watered-down version of its original proposal to take over Astral, which included dividing some assets up with Shaw, another one of Canada’s largest media and telecom conglomerates. Read more »
OpenMedia.ca argues the takeover will encourage more mistreatment of Canadian cell phone customers
April 16, 2013 – Telus has formally announced plans to takeover Mobilicity, one of Canada’s largest independent cell phone providers. Grassroots group OpenMedia.ca believes, if allowed to go through, will stifle choice and fair treatment of customers in Canada’s already-broken wireless market.
Mobilicity is one of only three carriers in Canada independent of the “Big Three” cell phone companies - Bell, Rogers, and Telus - that already control roughly 94% of the market.
OpenMedia.ca says that the sale of Mobilicity to Telus will stifle choice in an already monopolistic wireless market. According to the group, the deal also gives big telecom conglomerates more room to raise prices, as the check on the market provided by new entrants diminishes. Read more »
Here’s a special update from your OpenMedia.org team.
New reports state that you’ve made Internet censorship a “challenging” issue for those behind the extreme Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. In response, lobbyists and government representatives from a dozen countries are meeting in Peru at this very moment to “accelerate” the secretive process.
We’ve got a plan. Our supporters recently told us we should build our own international Internet freedom partnership of citizens, civil society groups, and innovative businesses from around the world.
So, today we’re launching a new international coalition called Our Fair Deal. You can be a founding member and stand against Internet censorship at this unique moment by signing onto our statement of principle: “We reject copyright proposals that restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity, and our fundamental rights.”Read more »
Readers of the Globe & Mail recently expressed their views on the state of Canada's wireless industry and the upcoming publication of the CRTC Code of Conduct for wireless companies.
Highlights include: 71.3% of readers are very dissatisfied with the cost of wireless plans, with nearly 80% wanting the CRTC to actively regulate the cost of plans. 78% are dissatisfied with the clarity of their wireless contracts and only 13.2% of readers expect the Code of Conduct to be 'very effective'.
Canadians are clearly demanding greater affordability and choice in our wireless market. Our voices are stronger when we stand together - send a clear message by signing our petition at http://DemandChoice.ca
He may be home, Canada’s favourite astronaut is not free and clear. Chris Hadfield’s 5 month phone bill is a whopping $1.37 million! Better pay better attention to your contract, Chris. How could you miss the clearly defined section on outer-space data usage and roaming fees?
Just kidding. Chris wasn’t saddled with the bill; at least, not this time. Don’t forget to Demand Choice for our cell phone market at http://demandchoice.ca/
Article by Alexander Huntley for the Beaverton:
KAZAKHSTAN – After five months in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was shocked to discover his cell phone provider has charged him well over a million dollars for data usage and roaming charges while he was in space. Read more »
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