Woah! In Japan, some very fast Internet speeds (at 2Gbps download, 1Gbps upload) were just introduced. These speeds are so much faster than in Canada that our Internet operates at a snail’s pace in comparison. The Internet has become an integral part of our everyday communications, and Canadians deserve a fast, affordable Internet that reflects this.
Article by Peter Suciu for redOrbit:
Traffic on the highways in Japan often moves along at a snail’s pace most of the day and is total gridlock at rush hour. However, the country does know a thing or two about moving along at high speeds. Japan’s Skinkansen – or bullet train – remains one of the fastest in the world and last year the island nation’s Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) unveiled a prototype of what promises to deliver even faster train service to Japan. Moving people is one thing, but the country also is looking to move data at ever-increasing speeds. Read more »
Canada’s broken cell phone market has come under a lot of public scrutiny of late, with the CRTC trying to establish a set of minimum standards for wireless providers; the release of OpenMedia.ca’s citizen-powered report, Time For An Upgrade, which demonstrated the systematic mistreatment that cell phone users suffer due to this dysfunctional market; and Industry Minister Christian Paradis coming under pressure over Big Telecom’s bid to take over scarce wireless resources meant for new independent providers.
In the face of all this critical opposition, Big Telecom has been unwavering in their defense of their practices, insisting that there is no problem with three providers — Bell, Telus, and Rogers — controlling almost 94% of the cell phone market. A common straw man that Big Telecom uses to justify high prices is that Canada is just bigger than other countries, which we are led to believe somehow necessitates more costly services. The truth is, it’s the lack of fair access to independent providers that is the primary driver of high prices. Read more »
Watch Lindsey's video update to hear this week's news. This week, Industry Minister Christian Paradis has signalled a lack of support for a Big Telecom backroom deal that goes around the spirit of rules meant to create more choice in the Canadian cell phone market. But will he take action to block it?
Thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word about Canadians' real experiences in our broken cell phone market and our citizen-powered action plan to fix it. Check out this letter from Christopher Anderson in North Shore News as he shows how Canadians really feel about our cell phone market.
Why do we all tolerate such bad deals on our cellphones? Canadians pay some of the highest cellphone fees and are forced into some of the worst contracts in the industrialized world.
Our broken cellphone market limits our use of mobile Internet technologies, and with it our creativity and entrepreneurship. Providing more choice for Canadians is crucial to innovation, and the success of our economy. Read more »
Thanks to pressure from hundreds of thousands of Canadians, it looks like independent ISPs like Teksavvy, Distributel, Acanac, and Start are finally gaining the ability to do what citizens 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.
Big Telecom insists Canadians’ high cell phone prices are a myth, yet we have seen and heard a very different story through your stories. Don’t let Big Telecom spin this story. Please SHARE this image to help spread the word about Canadians’ real cell phone experiences!