Rapidly-growing Demand Choice campaign spurred on by citizen outrage at misleading Big Three PR and lobbying effort, says OpenMedia.ca
August 21, 2013 – Canadians are speaking up in increasing numbers to demand greater wireless choice and more affordable cell phone prices. Over 60,000 have now signed up to support the DemandChoice.ca campaign, which is organized by citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca
The significant milestone comes after months of Canadians speaking out and fighting back against a highly misleading and expensive PR campaign being waged by Canada’s Big Three wireless conglomerates, Bell, Rogers, and Telus – a campaign even the Industry Minister has described as “dishonest”. Read more »
Big Telecom is using legal action against the government and an expensive PR campaign to prevent startup Canadian wireless providers from operating on a level playing field
July 30, 2013 – According to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, giant cell phone companies Bell, Rogers, and Telus are trying to turn back the clock on recent positive developments in Canada’s cell phone market, in an effort to ensure Canadians keep paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world.
OpenMedia.ca says the big three cell phone providers are using rumours of foreign investment in cell phone startup services as a bogeyman to undermine customer protection rules that Canadians fought for and won. Read more »
Coalition to TPP negotiators: It's time to move beyond secret meetings and join with the public to chart a better course for our digital future.
July 24, 2013 – The Fair Deal Coalition has launched a new initiative that will give Internet users a platform to discuss what copyright should look like under the TPP. The Coalition’s ‘Your Digital Future’ tool invites stakeholders from all sectors - not just old media conglomerates - to discuss what kind of copyright law the TPP countries need in order to encourage creativity, participation, and innovation.
The Fair Deal Coalition will take this wide-ranging feedback and bring it directly to TPP decision-makers, ensuring that the voices of the broader Internet community are heard.
“Your Digital Future” is a crowdsourcing initiative, hosted at http://OpenMedia.org/DigitalFuture. This new tool will be used to gather input from citizens and businesses on what they think today’s copyright laws should be, and what they think their digital future should look like. Read more »
Cell phone providers have filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeals in an attempt to delay new rules from being implemented until nearly 2017
July 3rd, 2013 – Late last night OpenMedia.ca received this notice from our lawyers notifying us that Bell, Rogers, and Telus had filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeals in an attempt to delay the June 2015 implementation of the CRTC’s new Code of Conduct for cell phone service in Canada.
The court filing specifically mentions “members of the public” along with several public interest groups, including OpenMedia.ca, as respondents to the motion.
In June, Canadians won a new CRTC Code of Conduct for Cell Phone service that effectively ends restrictive 3-year contracts, caps data roaming fees, and makes it easier to switch to a new provider. Then, just days ago in response to OpenMedia.ca’s Demand Choice campaign, Industry Minister Paradis set out new rules to stop Big Telecom companies from taking over key affordable, independent mobile options and wireless spectrum infrastructure from Canadians. Read more »
New rules may help address past government policy failures, but much more needs to be done to fix Canada’s broken cell phone market
June 28, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is saying that Industry Canada’s new rules on supporting affordable wireless options for Canadians are a welcome step forward, but more action is required to ensure choice and affordability in Canada’s broken wireless market. The new rules come in response to an OpenMedia.ca campaign calling for mobile choice that can be found at http://demandchoice.ca.
The new rules set out today by Industry Canada are designed to stop highly valuable wireless spectrum assets—which are crucial resources for mobile devices—from being hoarded by Big Telecom. OpenMedia.ca believes this is a welcome step, but that Canadians will never get the choice and affordability they deserve without clear action to ensure that new, affordable firms can compete on a level playing field with Big Telecom.
Canadians pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst cell phone service in the industrialized world – a direct result of the lack of competition in a market that is 94% dominated by just three giant Big Telecom conglomerates. More affordable, independent providers need spectrum to offer real choice. Read more »
Takeover will mean lost jobs, higher prices, and less media choice – it’s time for government to take clear action to tackle Big Media dominance, says OpenMedia.ca
JUNE 27, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is condemning today’s CRTC decision to allow big media giant Bell to take over Astral Media. Thousands of Canadians have spoken out against the takeover, because it will lead to lost jobs, fewer media and telecom choices, higher prices, and less opportunity for free expression.
Just four large, unaccountable Big Media conglomerates (Bell, Quebecor, Rogers, and Shaw) control over 86% of Canadian cable and satellite distribution, 70% of wireless revenues, and 54% of Internet service revenues – making Canada the most concentrated media market out of all G8 countries. Today’s decision means Canada falling even further behind the rest of the G8. Canadians pay high prices for poor content and services because of this lack of real choice.
OpenMedia.ca has already been hearing from citizens who are disappointed that their telecom, news, and media choices will be restricted yet further, while Big Media gains more and more power and control. Read more »