Bell is lobbying the Canadian government for a “free pass” from new customer protection rules

Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is rolling the dice on a political gamble that, if successful, will mean the death of affordable Internet access for Canadian households and businesses.

On October 21, The Globe and Mail reported that BCE Inc. was appealing to the then freshly-elected Trudeau government, asking the incoming cabinet to overturn a pro-customer July ruling from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

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Huffington Post: Cord-Cutting In Canada 7 Times Faster Than Last Year, But Telcos May Have A Bigger Problem

Cord-cutting in Canada keeps increasing. How many of you still have cable TV?

Article by Daniel Tencer for the Huffington Post

Canadian TV viewers have been ditching their cable and satellite TV subscriptions at a pace that’s nearly seven times faster than last year, a new analysis shows.

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Topics: Affordability

Telus to cut 1,500 jobs but hike dividend 5%

Hmm... Wireless customers fleeing the company.  Profits up. 1,500 jobs cut. And shareholders getting a 10% hike? Looks like this telecom giant isn't putting its eggs in the "good customer service" basket anytime soon...

Article by The Canadian Press for CBC News

Telus Corp.  says it's planning to reduce its workforce by 1,500 positions in an effort to cut annual costs by up to $125 million. Read more »

Topics: Affordability

Rabble: It's time for Canadians to demand the local and community media policy we deserve

Tomorrow is the deadline for Canadians to tell the CRTC how it should update its local and community TV policy. It will determine what will happen to $150 million that Canada's big cable and satellite companies collect that is supposed to support "community TV." Canadians should get the local media policy we deserve.

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Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started - and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet - 31 Ministers who’ll be responsible for guiding Canada’s ship of state over the coming years.

CBC News has the full list of Canada’s new Cabinet Ministers. Here at OpenMedia, we were watching closely to see who’ll be in charge of the key government departments responsible for our digital future.

Here’s a quick guide to some of those key Ministers, and the key digital rights issues they’re responsible for - we’ll be hearing these names a lot over the next four years.

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Globe and Mail: New York probes broadband speeds

Hey, Canada could sure use something like this:

Article by Sarah N. Lynch for The Globe and Mail

New York state’s attorney general is probing whether three major Internet providers could be shortchanging consumers by charging them for faster broadband speeds and failing to deliver the speeds being advertised, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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