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Concerned Canadian reveals Bell’s anti-competitive practices

OpenMedia.ca joins with Manitoba resident Ben Klass to call on the CRTC to stop Big Telecom from making independent services more expensive for Canadians

November 20, 2013 – Today, researcher and OpenMedia.ca community member Ben Klass is filing an official complaint with the CRTC (Canada’s telecom regulator) revealing that Bell is stifling competing mobile services by giving its own content an unfair advantage.

The detailed complaint highlights how Bell is making apps and web services more expensive for Canadians as a way to unfairly push people to use Bell-owned media content and services. Bell is making competing services less attractive by overcharging Canadians for mobile Internet use of independent services and content. Read more »


Internet governance expert says U.S. trying to strong-arm Canada into economically-damaging Internet censorship rules in international agreement

Leading expert Carolina Rossini tells Vancouver audience that carefully crafted Canadian copyright laws could be overturned by extreme U.S.-driven proposals in Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

November 19, 2013 – Carolina Rossini, a renowned U.S.-based expert on international Internet governance, told an audience in Vancouver last night that the U.S. government is trying to strong-arm Canada into adopting rules that would undermine free expression online and damage the Canadian economy. Over 120,000 people have spoken out about extreme Internet censorship rules revealed by a recent leak of a draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by Wikileaks.

"The U.S. government is trying to force Canada into adopting economically damaging Internet censorship rules for the benefit of American media conglomerates,” said Carolina Rossini, who is Project Director at the New America Foundation. “Canada has proven to the world that a balanced copyright law that guarantees Internet freedoms, shaped with society's input, can be achieved. And now the TPP puts that at risk." Read more »


Event brings together cross-border Internet governance experts amid bombshell leaks about Internet censorship

Leading experts gather in Vancouver to discuss Internet freedom issues in wake of NSA spying scandal and Wikileaks revelations of extreme TPP Internet censorship scheme

Amid controversies over bombshell leaks about Internet censorship and disturbing revelations about government surveillance, OpenMedia.ca is teaming up with Gen Why Media to co-host a ground-breaking discussion about Internet freedom on November 18th here in Vancouver.

Leading international Internet governance experts will explore creative alternatives and cross-border collaboration in the face of new concerns over Internet censorship through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and new government spying operations. Read more »


BREAKING: Leaked documents reveal Canadian government being pressured by US to accept extreme Internet censorship proposals in the TPP

Proposed secret transnational Internet censorship courts would override Canadian law and restrict freedom of expression online.

November 13, 2013 – This morning WikiLeaks released secret documents that have confirmed an extreme Internet censorship plan is being pushed behind closed doors as part of the International Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Over 100,000 people from around the world have already spoken through an online campaign at http://openmedia.org/censorship

Internet freedom group OpenMedia reviewed the nearly 100 pages of highly classified documents released to the public to discover extreme Internet censorship provisions, including secret transnational censorship courts that would override national laws.

According to Internet law expert Michael Geist the US, "is demanding that Canada rollback its recent copyright reform legislation with a long list of draconian proposals. " Read more »


MEDIA ADVISORY: Telecom complaints soar by 31% in just twelve months, OpenMedia.ca available for comment

Canadians still waiting to see whether government lives up to promise to secure more choice and lower prices in broken telecom market

WHO
Steve Anderson, Executive Director, OpenMedia.ca
David Christopher, Communications Manager, OpenMedia.ca. (778-232-1858, david@openmedia.ca)

WHAT
The Annual Report of Canada’s Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services have revealed that complaints about telecom service in Canada increased by over 31%.
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Topics: Cell Phones

Government is right to block Telus takeover of Mobilicity, but much more needs to be done to rein in Big Telecom

Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca says Canadians will welcome moves to stop Big Telecom narrowing their wireless choices yet further, but action still needed to fix broken market

October 30, 2013 – New reports reveal that Industry Canada’s will block telecom giant Telus from taking over indie wireless provider Mobilicity. Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, which is campaigning to secure lower prices and greater choice for Canadian cell phone users, says the move will help prevent Big Telecom from narrowing the wireless choices of Canadians yet further.

According to media reports, Industry Canada has turned down a proposal for Mobilicity to be taken over by Telus. If approved the move would have resulted in Big Telecom taking over valuable wireless spectrum that the government promised would be set aside to ensure Canadians have wireless choices outside the Big Three. Spectrum is a scarce and vital public resource that wireless devices need to communicate. Read more »


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