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 They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans - and they’re using their power and control to do so.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.
For example, it looks like Bell is blocking the growing number of cord-cutters - including our own Steve Anderson - from being able to CTV content like the Daily Show online. Bell owns CTV and they’ve introduced strict blocking mechanisms to stop many Canadians from watching the channel online. Even subscribers to non-Bell cable TV providers are getting blocked online. If you subscribe to CTV through Shaw or Telus, you’re out of luck. Sound fair to you? 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
Telecoms refuse to come clean about whether they are helping the government to spy on law-abiding Canadians
March 6, 2014 – What have they got to hide? That’s the question many Canadians are asking after many major telecom firms failed to respond to a letter sent in January by leading privacy experts. The letter requested detailed information about the extent to which telecom companies are helping the government to spy on law-abiding citizens. Read more »
Ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC is getting a whopping budget boost - and that's all thanks to your tax dollars. CSEC is set to receive $829 MILLION from taxpayers in 2014-15 - that's a huge 86.7% increase from the $444 million it cost us last year.
But don't worry - your tax dollars are going to a great cause: building a lavish new spy palace that CBC News has described as "the most expensive government building ever built".
Hard-hitting video released that highlights how Peter MacKay’s online spying legislation would let a range of government officials spy on law-abiding Canadians without oversight
March 5, 2014 – The government’s online spying legislation, Bill C-13, will allow authorities access to the private lives of millions of law-abiding Canadians, even if they’re not suspected of wrong-doing. That’s the message of a hard-hitting viral video launched today by community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is spearheading a nationwide campaign against the spying bill.
Your news links for today:
- Will Rogers Be the Next Wireless Carrier to Leave the CWTA? - iPhone in Canada
- Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands - NPR
- U.S. sets 2014 goal for signing TPP free trade pact - Japan Times
- Keith Alexander Supports Law To Gag Press So He Can Get His Preferred Online Surveillance Bill Passed - Techdirt
- EFF Sues Over National Security Letters... But Can't Tell You Who Its Clients Are - Techdirt
- US State Dept: “Surveillance should not be arbitrary,” except when it is - Ars Technica
- Less than Half of RSA Conference Attendees Think NSA Surveillance is Wrong - Infosecurity
- Edward Snowden to Talk Privacy With the Tech Community at SXSW - ACLU
The CRTC, the body that makes the rules for the media and telecom industry, is asking Canadians about the future of digital services in Canada. As part of their ‘TalkTV’ initiative, they’ve launched an interactive questionnaire called ‘Choicebook’ about government rules that have the potential to either help fix our dysfunctional telecom market or give big conglomerates who dominate almost 90% of the market even more power to raise prices and control services.
We should all welcome the fact that the CRTC, a previously closed-off institution, is actively consulting the public. It is rare for a public institution to go to such lengths to collect citizen input and this is something to be encouraged. It is in this spirit that we feel the need to intervene and make decision-makers at the CRTC aware that their Choicebook initiative has some critical flaws. Read more »
One night not long ago I was about to take in my daily dose of the Daily Show with John Stewart after work, when I was forced to deal with a new popup window on the CTV website -- CTV and other Bell Media websites are the only legal websites you can use to watch this and many other shows.
Here’s what I saw:
How did CSEC officials describe their two-hour long conversation with the Globe and Mail? "Uncomfortable." Colin Freeze takes a look into Canada's ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC.
Article by Colin Freeze for the Globe and Mail
No cellphones, no recording devices, no computers.
The seven officials at the boardroom table insist that their identities cannot be published – the risk, one explains, is that they would become targets of a “hostile foreign intelligence service.” Read more »
Your news links for today:
- Conservatives harvested emails from livestreams of Aga Khan events - Canada.com
- Copyright Users' Rights in Canada Hits Ten: The Tenth Anniversary of the CCH Decision - Michael Geist
- Broadband status quo strengthening digital divide - WordsByNowak
- Obama Nominates Former SOPA Lobbyist to Help Lead TPP Negotiations - EFF
- How one defence staffer stood up for Access to Information - CBC News
- Edward Snowden's revelations made it clear: security oversight must be fit for the internet age - The Guardian
- Police hid use of cell phone tracking device from judge because of NDA - Ars Technica
- U.S. government, Sprint to fight in court over wiretap expenses - Reuters
- Government spying tools will worsen Internet security: experts - Reuters
- Pathways 2 Privacy Symposium: March 20-21, 2014 - Canadian Civil Liberties Association
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