Community-based OpenMedia.ca says $2bn investment and open access requirements needed to ensure rural Canadians have quality Internet service independent of the high costs and slow speeds offered by Canada’s Big Telecom giants
FEBRUARY 11, 2014 - Today’s announcement of $305m over 5 years in new government investment to improve rural broadband service is a welcome start, but more action is required to tackle the high prices and poor service faced by rural Canadians. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which says $2 billion and open access requirements are needed to build an alternative to the slow and expensive Internet service delivered to rural Canadians by Big Telecom. Read more »
Posted by David Christopher on Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 18:16
Ensuring Canada has an accessible, affordable, surveillance-free, and open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness.
We now have a new, heavyweight Industry Minister in James Moore – someone with the power and influence to take on Canada’s entrenched Big Telecom giants. Expectations for Minister Moore are high, with citizens expecting him to deliver real change to ensure that all Canadians can enjoy fast, affordable, and ubiquitous Internet service.
OpenMedia.ca has worked with thousands of Canadians across the country to develop a clear action plan for a connected Canada - a plan Canadians expect Minister Moore to implement through the government’s long-awaited Digital Economy Strategy. Read more »
Posted by OpenMedia.ca on Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 00:16
We are constantly amazed, but never surprised, at what the pro-Internet community can accomplish when we work together. With a couple clicks and a few keystrokes, we can share our thoughts across the world at 300,000 km/second. That’s pretty incredible when you step back and think about it.
Digital policy expert Michael Geist reviews positive developments in the Canadian digital policy landscape - including the defeat of the government's 2012 spying bill, protections for user-generated online content, and the recent CRTC shift toward putting citizens first.
These positive developments are thanks to your support! Let's keep fighting to tackle the challenges ahead. Share this article and continue speaking out at http://OpenMedia.ca
Article by Michael Geist for The Tyee:
As Canadians grapple with news of widespread secret surveillance, trade agreements that could upend intellectual property policy, and the frustrations of a failed wireless policy, there are plenty of digital policy concerns. Yet on Canada Day week, it is worth celebrating the many positive developments that dot the Canadian digital policy landscape. Read more »
Posted by Lindsey Pinto on Monday, April 29, 2013 - 17:07
You wouldn’t believe just how well things are going with the campaign to demand more choice in Canada’s cell phone market. From its humble beginning as a letter-writing campaign asking the CRTC to develop national rules to protect cell phone users, the Demand Choice campaign is hitting a stride, and now includes (but is not limited to) a toolkit for mistreated cell phone users, a citizen-powered study, a letter-to-the-editor tool, and a petition that’s tens-of-thousands of Canadians strong.
It’s thanks to the amazing pro-Internet community that more and more Canadians are learning about the stunning lack of choice in our nation’s cell phone market, seeing through Big Telecom’s spin, and taking action to create change for the better.
This blog entry is here to show you what you’ve helped accomplish so far... Read more »
Posted by OpenMedia.ca on Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 20:29
After reading your stories in our cell phone report, Ontario is now looking to put forward cell phone rules that include making cancellation easy and straightforward. Thanks to your efforts, we’re seeing decision-makers take notice of Canadians’ concerns and moving towards pro-citizen actions.
Article by Christine Dobby for The Financial Post:
Ontario’s minority Liberal government said Thursday it plans to table legislation that would govern cellphone contracts in the province. Read more »