The CRTC will monitor speeds for 6,200 volunteers to get an idea of how providers are actually performing.
“Other countries around the world have been doing speed audits for years, including the UK and United States. It’s a great way for the CRTC to really have a finger on the pulse of Canada’s Internet,” says Josh Tabish with Internet watchdog OpenMedia.
OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality
May 21, 2015 – This morning the CRTC announced a new Internet speed measurement program designed to “measure the performance of their home broadband Internet services,” and is inviting everyday Canadians to participate. Community-backed OpenMedia, which called for proactive audits of Internet performance in its crowdsourced Casting an Open Net report, hails the decision as a win for Canadians, and a key step toward protecting Net Neutrality.
Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:
“We’re thrilled to see the CRTC taking bold steps toward ensuring Canadians get the Internet speeds they are promised. Unfortunately, Canadians have long paid some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for what is widely recognized as slow service. By signing up households across Canada to the program, the data collected can be used to shape broadband policy to ensure all Canadians get faster, more affordable Internet.
Posted by Josh Tabish on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 20:42
You may have already heard the news, but today, the Federal Court of Appeal rejected Big Telecom’s efforts to delay the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, which mobile phone and Internet users across this country fought hard for and won nearly two years ago.
In its ruling, the court stated that the CRTC “...has the right to make the Wireless Code applicable to contracts concluded before the Code came into effect.”
At the heart of the court case was the issue of timing, and whether the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) had the power to grant the new customer protections brought on by the code before pre-existing three year contracts expired.
Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules
May 19, 2015 – The Federal Court of Appeal today has rejected Big Telecom’s efforts to delay the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, stating that the CRTC “...has the right to make the Wireless Code applicable to contracts concluded before the Code came into effect.” The code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data.
“This is a major win! By standing together, Canadians fought back against telecom giants in court and won. It took over a year and a half, but today the court is clear: the customer protections that Canadians fought for in the Wireless Code of Conduct applies to all mobile phone and Internet users across the country. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”
Posted by Josh Tabish on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 12:29
New rules from regulator ensures Canadians will have choices outside the Big Three leading to lower phone bills and more flexible offerings in the not-too-distant future.
May 5, 2015 – A major ruling from the CRTC today signals a significant step toward providing Canadians with greater choice and affordability in our mobile phone and Internet market. Community-based group OpenMedia, which intervened in the hearing, is hailing the decision as a win for people across the country, who have been paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. However the CRTC could have gone further by facilitating innovation through new market entrants, such as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
Posted by Soledad Vega on Friday, April 24, 2015 - 08:19
The new phone service is a cost-effective alternative , though only available to Americans for now.
Article by Dianne Buckner for CBC News
Google is about to launch a new cost-effective mobile phone service for Americans only. And as the news spreads, it may trigger a new round of grumbling in Canada over the state of this country's telecom industry.
Google Fi will cost a mere $20 a month for talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in more than 120 countries. And here's a flashy selling point: customers will pay only for the data they use, and even get a refund for unused data.