Academic researchers and civil liberties groups send detailed request aimed at revealing full extent of government spying on Canadians through telecom providers
January 22, 2014 – A group of leading privacy experts and advocates have sent major Canadian telecom firms a letter requesting detailed information about the extent to which they pass on their customers’ private information to government officials.
The initiative is spearheaded by Toronto-based researcher Dr. Christopher Parsons, joined by a dozen other leading privacy academics from across Canada. Groups signing on to the letter include community-based OpenMedia.ca, along with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, and Pen Canada. Read more »
Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is organizing a series of events across Canada to ensure the CRTC puts Canadians first when it comes to key digital policy decisions
January 16, 2014 – On the heels of independent provider Wind’s shocking withdrawal from a crucial auction of wireless assets, OpenMedia.ca is pushing back against the dominance of a few big telecom companies by organizing a series of citizen-led events across Canada.
In 2014 regulators at the CRTC are set to make a series of key decisions that will affect the access and affordability of digital services. OpenMedia.ca is hoping citizen input from the local gatherings ensures that decision makers put Canadians first when it comes to decisions about the future of digital services. Read more »
Wind Mobile has announced it will not participate in tomorrow’s wireless auction of assets crucial to the future of cell phone service in Canada. The move could spell the end to national independent cell phone service in Canada if government does not act.
This morning, Industry Minister James Moore announced that an auction for vital 2500 MHz wireless spectrum will take place in April 2015, with a registration deadline of November 27, 2014. He also announced spectrum caps to boost competition - despite these caps, Big Telecom still look poised to take the lion’s share of available spectrum. The 2015 auction rules also feature a “use it or lose it” rule that OpenMedia.ca has been pushing for years to achieve. Read more »
With Big Telecom conglomerates threatening the future of affordable, independent ISPs, citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is enabling Canadians to take part in a crucial CRTC consultation
January 9, 2014 – OpenMedia.ca is launching a campaign to enable Canadians to participate in a crucial CRTC public consultation to prevent Canada’s Big Telecom congomerates from blocking access to affordable new high-speed Internet service options. Independent ISPs currently provide Internet access to hundreds of thousands of Canadians, offering a more affordable option outside of Big Telecom providers.
According to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, affordable high-speed Internet access is again being threatened by Big Telecom giants, which want to block Canadians from having affordable, independent access to high-speed, fibre-optic Internet networks. Read more »
Government reacts to years of Canadians calling on officials to rein in Big Telecom’s power and control, says citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca
December 18, 2013 – The government has taken its first clear steps to deliver on their promise to ensure Canadians enjoy greater wireless choice and lower prices for telecom services. That’s according to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, which is welcoming this morning’s announcement that domestic roaming rates are to be capped, and that the CRTC, Canada’s telecom policy-maker, will be empowered to levy monetary fines on Big Telecom companies that break customer protection rules.
This morning’s Industry Canada announcement will forbid Big Telecom from charging independent providers more than they charge their own customers for mobile voice, data, and text services. At present, Big Telecom charge indie providers more than 10 times what they charge their own customers to roam on their networks -- essentially blocking many Canadians from using independent providers. Read more »