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Dems vow to keep net neutrality riders out of funding bill

It looks like our pressure is working! A week ago, Big Telecom tried (and failed) to destroy the open web by sneaking new slow lane powers into a bill that has nothing to do with the Internet – thanks in part to pressure the OpenMedia community. And now Democrats in the U.S. Congress are saying if they ever try to undermine Net Neutrality again, they'll be sure to stop it. This is huge!

Written by Mario Trujillo for The Hill

Senate Democrats are warning Republicans that they will fight to keep budget riders to block net neutrality out of a government funding bill that must be passed by Dec. 11. 

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Four political parties. One digital future.

This morning OpenMedia released our crowdsourced 2015 Election Report Card, grading each of the national parties on how their plans measure up to our action plan for the Internet. With the election just around the corner, we wanted to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to cast an informed vote on the future of Canada’s Internet.

Check out our crowdsourced Election Report Card to find out how each of the parties fared.

To help you sort through the noise, our report card assesses how each of the parties’ policies and practices measure up to our policy recommendations, crowdsourced from you!

These grades are based on the performances and platforms of the main political parties. They are based on each party’s past record and future commitment to implementing our pro-Internet action plan, crafted with the help of leading experts and packed with ideas from over 250,000 Canadians - heartfelt thanks for all your amazing feedback!

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Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians

October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and with Bill C-51 and mass surveillance continuing to spark controversy, many Canadians are asking which party is best placed to secure Canada’s digital future. The non-partisan digital rights group OpenMedia set out to answer that question, by assessing how the parties measure up against policy priorities crowdsourced, with the help of experts, from over 250,000 people.

In a crowdsourced report card published today, each party is assigned grades across a range of priorities, spanning affordable access, privacy, and online free expression. The Green Party and the NDP came top of class, while the Liberal Party had a mixed performance, receiving a ‘C’ grade overall. The Conservatives came bottom of the class with an overall ‘D+’, although they received a stronger ‘C+’ grade for their policies on affordable Internet access. A detailed breakdown is available on OpenMedia’s election website.

“This election is a crossroads for Canada’s Internet,” said OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher. “There’s so much on the line: repealing C-51, ending mass surveillance, lowering our ridiculous Internet and cellphone bills, and protecting free expression. Today’s report card helps ensure Canadians know where the parties stand on these issues.”

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Trans-Pacific Partnership may perpetuate errors Robert Reich's new book warns against

Canadians deserve a voice in this. And yet their participation is being so blatantly denied. Wanna speak up? Go to to demand your voice be heard!

Written by Don Pittis for CBC News

According to a new book called Saving Capitalism, what's wrong with the American economic system has a lot to do with the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act."

And rather than rescuing capitalism, the newly announced Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may simply perpetuate the problems identified by the book's author, public intellectual and former U.S. labour secretary Robert Reich.

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Rogers, Bell and Telus hike Internet speeds, prices with ‘gigabit’ service

Unbelievable. Big Telecom is charging $150 a month for ultra high speed fibre Internet.  Now wonder less than 5% of Canadian households have fibre connections, compared to nearly 70% in Japan. When fibre is affordable there’s no doubt that we’ll leap to the new technology the same way they did when we moved from dial-up to broadband. But until then, we can expect Big Telecom to continue holding our digital economy ransom with these outrageous prices and oppressive data caps.

Written by David Friend for The Star

Faster and more capable Internet services are headed your way from some of the country’s biggest telecommunications providers, but the chance you’ll need to jump on a “gigabit” service right away is highly unlikely.

That hasn’t stopped Rogers, Bell and Telus from launching the high-priced and cutting-edge service that offers the ability to download at speeds of up to one gigabit per second.

Topics: Affordability

OpenMedia's Meghan Sali: "What we're talking about here is global Internet censorship."

The TPP is bad news for 800 million internet users. That means you and everyone you know with a computer. We have to stop this. Check out the article below, and speak out at

Article by Deirdre Fulton for CommonDreams

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