This morning, the CRTC announced they’ll bring in a new customer protection code for Canadian TV users. While the CRTC has not yet drafted the code, they’re offering a two month consultation period for Canadians to weigh in. You can add your comments here.
Your OpenMedia team welcomes this news, and hopes it will lead to improvements for Canadian telecom subscribers. In addition, the CRTC also announced they’ll have rules to increase the percentage of programs with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. This is great news for many Canadians, and will help keep more of our friends, family, and neighbours connected to what’s happening in our communities.
Under the leadership of Chair Jean Pierre Blais, it looks like they’ve finally started listening to Canadians instead of coddling petulant telecom giants. Of course, this would never have happened without Canadians speaking out, and demanding that the CRTC take notice. After all, it’s not so long ago that the CRTC, then under the chairmanship of Konrad von Finckenstein, told OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson that citizen concerns were out of scope during a crucial hearing on whether Internet access should be metered.
Stephen Harper is trying to ram his Secret Police Bill C-51 through Parliament in the next few weeks - so it's crucial that MPs hear from Canadians.Have you ever written to your MP before? It's a lot easier than you might think - and we’ve made it even more straightforward by creating an easy-to-use tool at: https://StopC51.ca/mpJust enter your postal code, type in your letter (we’ve even suggested some points you may wish to raise), and our tool will send your letter automatically to your local Member of Parliament.This is a powerful way to speak out - MPs take seriously the voices of their local constituents, all the more so in an election year.It looks like MPs could have their final vote on this legislation in the next few weeks - so it’s never been more important to speak out. Write to your MP today and tell them to side with Canadians and vote down this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective bill.Keep speaking up, Canada!
Your news links for today:
- Bell Media president Kevin Crull apologizes for 'intrusion' into CTV's CRTC coverage - CBC News
- Can CTV News and BNN be trusted to report on themselves? Depends on Kevin Crull’s mood - Fagstein
- Bell censorship: the status quo can't endure - AlphaBeatic
- Cord Cutting Denier Nielsen To Begin Tracking Netflix Streaming - DSL Reports
- 'You're Playing God with the Internet!' Republican Shouts at FCC Chief - National Journal
- Information sharing debates continuing in problematic directions - Mozilla Blog
- Here’s what happens when a hacker gets mistaken for a spy - The Verge
- Google joins Apple, Microsoft and others to call for mass surveillance reform - The Next Web
Your OpenMedia team recently got wind of new plans afoot by Rogers’ subsidiary Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive over their mobile networks, and it’s certainly cause for concern.
Based on a recent article from Mobile Syrup, it appears that the carrier intends to create unfair incentives for customers that privilege certain services–their own–over others, violating the principle of net neutrality. Mobile Syrup reports:
New customers will be shifting towards a loyalty-based membership program focused on rewards like credit towards streaming music and a certain allotment of video streaming (with a heavy emphasis on Rogers’ Vice Media partnership).
Guess who the government is bullying now for standing up against secret police Bill C-51?
Article by Justin Ling for Vice
Canada's foremost pro-gun lobby group backed down from criticizing the Harper government's anti-terrorism legislation out of concerns that the Conservatives would screw them over on changes to new gun laws, VICE has learned.
March 25, 2015 – Responding to reports that Bell directly interfered with CTV News coverage of CRTC decisions promising Canadians more affordable and flexibility in telecom options, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had said this to say:
“Sadly, we’re concerned with repeated reports that Bell’s President Kevin Crull is bullying his company’s news outlets into burying stories crucial to Canadians. Ordering staff to ban CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais from the airwaves is embarrassment to the country. Kevin Crull should resign immediately in order to restore Canadians’ confidence in the integrity and impartiality of CTV and other Bell-owned news broadcasts.”
Update 10:45AM PST: The CRTC has just responded to this mornings news. You can their comments here.
Just when you think Bell is out of tricks, they can surprise even the most hardened Internet freedom advocates.
This morning, The Globe and Mail is reporting that, according to inside sources, Bell president Kevin Crull censored Bell-owned CTV’s news coverage of CRTC decisions promising greater telecom choice and affordability for Canadians across the country. Apparently, the decisions were popular with Canadians, but not so popular with Bell.
This type of editorial interference raises important and concerning questions about media independence in Canada, and the ability of large, vertically-integrated telecom giants to create an unfair playing field for themselves, and manipulate Canadians by controlling what we see and read. And, to be clear, this is NOT the first time they've done this.
Your news links for today:
- What on earth is happening at Bell? - Michael Geist on Storify
- Bell’s Crull Banned CRTC Chair Blais From CTV News Coverage Following TalkTV Decision - Michael Geist
- Bell head meddled in news coverage - Globe and Mail
- Cable, Broadcast Executives Slowly Waking Up To Netflix Impact - DSL Reports
- VMedia: the template for the CRTC’s new TV universe - AlphaBeatic
- Lawsuit wave challenges FCC on net neutrality - ZDNet
- Bill C-51: First Nation chief worries 'lives will be lost' - CBC News
- Conservatives block Elizabeth May from asking a question on C51, even when NDP gave up one of their speaking slots. - Alex Boutilier on Twitter
- All Parties In Austrian Parliament Support Resolution Calling For Action Against NSA And GCHQ Spying - Techdirt
WATCH: OpenMedia's Steve Anderson delivers your voices to Parliament against Secret Police Bill C-51
On Monday, our own Steve Anderson went to Ottawa to deliver thousands of Canadians' voices to a hearing on secret police Bill C-51. Watch the presentation and speak out at https://StopC51.ca
Even some government MPs are speaking out about the lack of oversight on Canada's spy agencies in secret police Bill C-51. How about you - have you added your voice yet? https://StopC51.ca
Video by PressProgress
Your news links for today:
- Officer facing charges calls G20 protesters ‘terrorists’ - Toronto Star
- ‘Create unrest’: Canada’s CSE agency includes ‘false flag’ operations as part of newly-revealed cyberwarfare scope - The Stack
- Scrap anti-terror bill: aboriginal activist - Metro
- A Conversation About Bill C-51: How the Anti-Terrorism Bill Undermines Canadian Privacy - Michael Geist
- The NSA And The 1990s Debate Over the Clipper Chip - Internet History Podcast
- New report says Canada needs to address the high cost of communication services - Mobile Syrup
- Internet, Phone Bills Too High in Canada, at $100-212 Monthly Combined: PIAC - iPhone in Canada
- Court Denies Bell Right to Keep Mobile TV Pricing During Appeal - iPhone in Canada
- TekSavvy Says Voltage Payout Covered 6% of Its Costs - DSL Reports
- Why the Vertically Integrated TV Giants Are the CRTC’s Hidden Target in Pick-and-Pay Decision - Michael Geist
- The single worst practice of cable providers - USA Today
- Why live TV is finally escaping cable's clutches - Mashable
- Pick-and-pay TV will lead to better Cancon - Globe and Mail
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