Posted by Eva Prkachin on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:52
Our digital future looks pretty pathetic. Check out our own Chris Malmo's unflinching account of the failures of the government's Digital Canada 150.
Article by Chris Malmo for Vice
Remember back in college when you had an overdue paper to write for a class you didn’t really seem to care much about? Did you ever just “repurpose” a decent paper you’d already written last year, sprinkle in a few new items so it’s not plagiarism (it’s not, amiright?), and hand that shit in on your way to the liquor store? Well, you’re in good company, because this is exactly what the government of Canada has just done with its new Digital Canada 150 Strategy. Read more »
Posted by Eva Prkachin on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 22:52
Is the CRTC finally waking up to Canadians' anger over big telecom's attempts to throttle wireless access to online content? Do you think this is a step in the right direction?
Article by David Ellis
Today saw another encouraging step in the CRTC’s management of the Ben Klass Part 1 application on Bell’s Mobile TV service. You can get the backstory in my prior posts (first one was in November) and from Ben’s blog, among other places. Read more »
Posted by Eva Prkachin on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 22:24
Experts are slamming the government's recently released Digital Canada plan. This analysis from David Ellis highlights how the plan's lack of strategy means Canada will fall further behind other industrialized nations. All this while the digital divide continues to grow. Want more from our digital future? Visit https://OpenMedia.ca/endowment to push for change.
Article by David Ellis
Four years and they give us 26 lousy pages? Read more »
Posted by Eva Prkachin on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 19:01
Compared to other industrialized nations, Canada's Digital strategy lags far behind on increasing access, speed, and affordability. We can do better. Check out this Michael Geist piece comparing Canada's recent Digital 150 document to the digital strategies of Australia and the U.K.
Article by Michael Geist
In my first post on Digital Canada 150, Canada's digital strategy, I argued that it provided a summation of past accomplishments and some guidance on future policies, but that it was curiously lacking in actual strategies and goals. Yesterday I reviewed how Canada's universal broadband access target lags behind much of the OECD (Peter Nowak characterizes the target as the Jar Jar Binks of the strategy). The problems with Digital Canada 150 extend far beyond connectivity, however. Read more »
Posted by Eva Prkachin on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 22:48
Compared to other industrialized countries, Canadian telecom giants reap far higher rewards while offering slow and expensive service. Last Friday's Digital Canada 150 announcement by Industry Minister James Moore contained next to nothing to address that gap. Think Canadians deserve better? Demand choice in our wireless market at http://DemandChoice.ca
Article by Peter Nowak from Words by Nowak
With the imminent unveiling on Friday of Canada’s long-overdue digital strategy – titled Digital Canada 150 – it’s perhaps timely to take a look at how the federal government has fared in its most visible – and often volatile – technology-oriented policy: wireless. Since the declaration in 2007 by then-Industry Minister Jim Prentice that the Canadian wireless market suffered from too high prices and too little choice, the Conservatives have effectively waged war on the country’s three big incumbents, Bell, Rogers and Telus. Read more »