Posted by Steve Anderson on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 22:00
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 »
Posted by Steve Anderson on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 18:23
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.
Posted by Steve Anderson on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 21:26
Many are expressing outrage now that the public has become aware that Chuck Strahl is acting as a lobbyist for Enbridge, the company hoping to build a controversial oil pipeline across B.C. The problem is that Strahl is also chairman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), which is basically the only watchdog over the domestic spies at CSIS.
Thankfully it looks like decision-makers are finally starting to take notice. Stephen Harper highlighted the issue when setting out his government’s agenda last October and he promised Canadians lower prices and improved choice outside the Big Three providers (Bell, Rogers, and Telus) at a Conservative convention. Read more »
Posted by Steve Anderson on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 22:04
Last fall, a group of over 35 leading innovators and entrepreneurs joined OpenMedia.ca in sending a letter to Industry Minister James Moore. The letter decried that we pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for mobile services and emphasized the need for affordable independent cell phone options for Canadians.
Our letter also called for several actions to be taken to fix our broken cell phone market. Minister Moore has now replied. Moore has made a firm commitment that he “will not approve any spectrum transfer request that decreases competition in our wireless sector”: Read more »
Posted by Steve Anderson on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 20:47
I have a lot of respect and admiration for independent telecom analyst and tech writer Peter Nowak. Peter regularly calls bull on Big Telecom’s misleading talking points, and backs it up with hard data and solid analysis. I consider his blog a public service and I read it regularly myself.