The CRTC is asking Canadians what they think about the future of digital services in Canada. This important consultation could either help fix our broken telecom market, or entrench the power and control of Big Telecom. With just days to go until the deadline, it's vital we seize this opportunity and speak up load and clear.
Your news links for today:
- Canadian Broadcasters Find Clever, Nasty Way To Slow Down Digital TV Revolution - Huffington Post
- Telecoms cry foul over spectrum rules - Globe and Mail
- Netflix-Comcast a different kind of net neutrality - WordsByNowak
- A New Hollywood Business Plan (suing downloaders) - The Legion of Decency
- Parliamentary oversight at work - Lux Ex Umbra
- You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi - Techdirt
- 'What does ISP mean?' - how government officials are flunking security challenges - The Guardian
- Even the Chinese Can Tell the TransPacific Partnership is Unlikely to Get Done - naked capitalism
Telecom expert Michael Geist is not impressed with the CRTC's consultation on our digital future - and he has some advice for CRTC Chair Blais. The consultation may be biased toward Big Telecom interests - but we can fix this, by speaking out using our handy guide at https://openmedia.ca/choicebook - there are just days to go, so make sure your voice is heard right now.
Article By Michael Geist
Last month, I blogged about the CRTC's Talk TV consultation and concerns that the questions were framed in a lopsided manner. CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais was asked about those concerns in Twitter chat and he responded that the questions and answers "were intended to be provocative." I address that response in my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) highlighting both the concerns with the survey and offering some additional provocative questions that the Commission excluded. Read more »
Finally! It looks like the government's long-awaited digital economy strategy is coming soon. They've only been promising us this since 2010. Do you think this strategy will finally bring Canada up to speed with our global counterparts?
Article By The Canadian Press and Jennifer Ditchbur
OTTAWA – Industry Minister James Moore says the Conservative government’s long-awaited digital strategy is coming soon — he’s even showing off the cover page. Read more »
Fans of popular Canadian comedy The Trailer Park Boys have reason to cheer, following an announcement that two new seasons are coming to Netflix this fall.
Sadly, policymakers at the CRTC are considering a new tax on online services like Netflix, to subsidize broadcast media owned by Big Telecom. This when our telecom giants - who own major media outlets including CTV, CityTV, and Global - are already receiving tens of millions in subsidies from the Canadian Media Fund, often to churn out poor quality Canadian retreads of U.S. TV shows. Read more »
On Wednesday, your OpenMedia.ca team launched a hard-hitting video about the government’s online spying Bill C-13 - and Canadians from coast to coast to coast have been sharing it far and wide.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out right here on the Privacy Coalition website or below. We wanted to cut through the government spin, and make clear that this dangerous legislation would enable a wide range of authorities access to your private life. Read more »
Your news links for today:
- Some ISPs don’t cave when asked for subscriber info, says report - IT World Canada
- Telecoms evasive on how they co-operate with spies, police: researchers - thespec.com
- Internet firms play coy on how they share info with police, government - Ottawa Citizen
- Digital surveillance: How you're being tracked every day - CBC Interactive
- Industry Canada Says "Modernizing Privacy Regime" Planned for 2014-15 - Michael Geist
- Moving Targets: CRTC Sets Universal Broadband Access Target By Year End But Govt Plan Is For 2019 - Michael Geist
- RoBellUs U.S. Roaming Options vs. Wind Mobile; Outrageous - reddit discussion
- Head of Telco Lobbying Group gets New Gig - Toronto Star
Huffington Post: Bill C-13 would grant immunity to telecoms who hand over your private information without a warrant
It looks like the video we created with your support about the online spying bill C-13 has really been turning heads. Check out this piece about how Peter MacKay's bill would grant immunity to telecoms who hand over your private information without a warrant.
Article by Dan Tencer for the Huffington Post
Telecom companies would be granted immunity for handing over information on their customers without a warrant under a law meant to target cyberbullying, civil liberties groups say. Read more »
Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters - and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans - and they’re using their power and control to do so. It’s not too late to push back by telling decision-makers at the CRTC to put Canadians first when it comes to our digital future.
Have you cut the cord from your television service recently - or are you considering it? If so, you’ve probably noticed it’s getting more difficult to watch the content you want online. The reason is clear - Big Telecom is terrified of cord-cutters and is determined to do what it takes to trap Canadians in their expensive TV service plans. Read more »
It looks like Big Telecom's lobby group is in deep trouble. Last week Telus pulled out of the CWTA - now Rogers could be poised to do the same. Will you be shedding tears over its demise? http://bit.ly/NVDvuc
Article by Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada
Last week in a surprise move Telus pulled out of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a wireless lobby group which earlier saw Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity withdraw its membership as well.
The future of the CWTA could be in jeopardy depending on how you look into comments made by Rogers, reports The Canadian Press.
When asked whether Rogers would remain within the CWTA, spokesperson Patricia Trott said on Friday “We’ve been reviewing our options and we’ll make a decision that’s right for our customers.” Does that mean a yes or a no? Read more »
Your news links for today:
- Immunity For Telecoms Targeted In Campaign Against Bill C-13 - Huffington Post
- The Murky State of Canadian Telecommunications Surveillance - The Citizen Lab
- What the hell is up with Bill C-13? - reddit discussion
- BIG LOSS FOR CONSUMERS: #CRTC denies review of prepaid balance confiscation by incumbents. - @jfmezei on Twitter
- The CRTC's Future of Television Consultation: The Missing Provocative Questions - Michael Geist
- Yet Another Carrier Set to Leave the CWTA? - HowardForums
- The Snowden Revelations and the Canadian NSA, CSEC - The Agenda
- Audio: Surveillance After Snowden - PEN Canada
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