The $5.27 billion Digital Endowment fund our government can invest in connecting Canadian communities

On April 2nd, our government will come into a Digital Endowment of $5.27 billion. We need to ensure this money is put towards connecting all Canadians to high-speed Internet, innovative community-based network initiatives, and improving Canada’s digital economy.

At this point, you might be wondering what a “Digital Endowment” is, why you’ve never heard of it, and where the money came from – so let’s run through it!

Basically, the Digital Endowment is the money our government has earned on the sale of our public spectrum assets – in this case, over $5 billion. In short, spectrum is the range of public airwaves that make your mobile devices work. It’s a public resource, kind of like water, and every few years the government sells licenses to Big Telecom conglomerates to use different sets of airwaves in different regions. These telecom companies then sell you a mobile phone and cell service, so you can connect with your friends and family. Read more »

Words by Nowak: "Things are much better in Quebec, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan"

Want to get a better deal on your wireless rates? According to this telecom expert, you'll have to move to a province with more wireless choice. Isn't it time for all Canadians to have affordable options outside the Big Three?

Article by Peter Nowak for Words by Nowak

There was considerable confusion last week over the price hikes being instituted by Canada’s Big Three wireless carriers. Several news outlets jumped on the fact that Bell, Rogers and Telus were raising rates, perhaps too exuberantly in some cases where reports suggested that all three were moving in collusive tandem at the exact same time. Telus was quick to point out – as both wireless specialty site MobileSyrup and I mentioned in our respective posts – that its hikes had in fact taken place in January. Bell and Rogers were simply playing catch-up. Read more »

Canada Land: How Canada's Spies Game the Media

Ever wonder what it must be like to be an investigative journalist covering an ultra-secretive government institution? The Globe's Colin Freeze talks about his frustrations covering spy agency CSEC.

Video by Canada Land

CSEC is shadier than the NSA. Nobody really knows what they are doing, including the Ministers who empower them and the judges who grant them warrants. They spy on Canadians and lie to the press and to the Courts. Globe and Mail reporter Colin Freeze talks about the frustrations of covering a secret institution. Read more »

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