Cell Phones

New Wireless auction results point to improved wireless service choice for Canadians

Industry Minister James Moore has announced the outcome of the AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction. Proactive spectrum rules appear to have ensured independent providers have the infrastructure they need to expand services

 

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March 6, 2014 Industry Minister James Moore has just announced the outcome of the key AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction that took place on March 3, 2015. Due in part to rules set up to increase choice for Canadians, independent cell phone service Wind successfully obtained an important portion of spectrum in this auction. Wind grew it’s spectrum assets by 180% in Alberta, BC, and Ontario. According to Industry Canada, Canada’s new wireless competitors increased their spectrum holdings by 107% on average.

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AlphaBeatic: The making of an Internet activist

Thanks to community member Ben Klass, the CRTC ruled that Canadian wireless companies can't slow down competing services in favour of their own - a huge step towards securing mobile net neutrality in this country. Check out this great Q and A about what keeps Ben fighting for the open Internet.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Canadian regulators took a big step toward supporting net neutrality on Thursday with a ruling that bans wireless carriers from favouring their own content over others.

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The Globe: Spectrum auction may bring some surprises

Could we finally see more choice in Canada's wireless market this year?

Article by Christine Dobby for the Globe and Mail

Mobilicity says it has not yet secured the financial backing it needs to take part in an upcoming auction of wireless airwaves.

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CBC: Cancel your TV, Internet, and phone whenever you want

Goodbye, 30-day cancellation notices! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Article by the CBC

Canadians no longer have to give a 30-day notice to cancel or change their television, internet or landline telephone service, the CRTC says.

In a release, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it is "prohibiting television service providers from requiring that Canadians give 30 days' notice prior to cancelling these services."

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iPhone in Canada: Bell loses huge class action suit

There's no end of good news lately when it comes to Big Telecom getting smacked down.

Article by Nick Salerni for iPhone in Canada

Bell Mobility has lost a class-action lawsuit appeal that found the Canadian carrier liable to thousands of subscribers in Canada’s three northern territories over fees for non-existent 911 services.

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James Moore spectrum announcement hailed as a positive step forward to enable greater wireless choice and lower prices

In response to outcry for Canadians, Industry Canada has taken steps to ensure Canadians have greater access to affordable, independent wireless providers

December 18, 2014 – Industry Minister James Moore has announced new measures aimed at improving wireless service for Canadians. OpenMedia welcomes the announcement, which will reserve a larger section of valuable wireless spectrum for new, independent, affordable providers than ever before. The changes aim to increase the amount of spectrum available to  independent providers from around 15% currently to nearly 25% by May 2015.

The decision comes in response to OpenMedia’s crowdsourced set of recommendations (here and here) in the Time For an Upgrade report. Over 60,000 Canadians, along with leading businesses, innovators, and entrepreneurs, have joined a call for more affordable cell phone service and for spectrum to liberated from the big three in the Demand Choice campaign. Canadians currently pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for wireless service.

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