Posted by Danielle Gannon on Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 18:19
It looks like Big Telecom's lobby group is in deep trouble. Last week Telus pulled out of the CWTA - now Rogers could be poised to do the same. Will you be shedding tears over its demise? http://bit.ly/NVDvuc
The future of the CWTA could be in jeopardy depending on how you look into comments made by Rogers, reportsThe Canadian Press.
When asked whether Rogers would remain within the CWTA, spokesperson Patricia Trott said on Friday “We’ve been reviewing our options and we’ll make a decision that’s right for our customers.” Does that mean a yes or a no? Read more »
Posted by Danielle Gannon on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 00:21
Ottawa has blocked telecom giants Bell and Rogers from gobbling up even more scarce and valuable wireless spectrum. Let's keep up the pressure on Industry Minister Moore to rein in Big Telecom at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers
Article by Christine Dobby for Financial Post
TORONTO – Ottawa has blocked a bid by two of Canada’s largest wireless carriers to scoop up more cellular airwaves, taking the opportunity again to drive home its policy on the industry. Read more »
Posted by David Christopher on Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 23:06
It looks like the Big Three telecom giants are fighting hard to maintain their stranglehold over our wireless market, and over Canadians’ wallets. The Big Three have been on the back foot since pressure from tens of thousands of Canadians won positive new customer protection rules last year, along with a clear government commitment to increase choice and lower prices.
Now Big Telecom is pushing back. They’re sitting on huge piles of cash after years of price-gouging Canadians with some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. It seems they’ve been using that money to hire expensive Ottawa lobbyists to pressure the government. Read more »
Posted by Noushin Khushrushahi on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 15:48
Yesterday's spectrum auction results announcement meant that your team at OpenMedia.ca was hard at work. Check out this video of our own Steve Anderson speaking about what the results mean for the future of our broken telecom market - and meet a few other members of your team.
Learn more about the roadmap forward that Canadians have put together with our crowdsourced Time for an Upgrade report: https://OpenMedia.ca/UpgradeCanada
Government must ensure more choice to save Canadians from price-gouging and disrespectful customer service
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 - Responding to today’s announcement of the results of a crucial auction of Canadian wireless resources, OpenMedia.ca is saying the prospect of new providers in some markets is a positive development but the government must do more to follow through on its promise to fix our dysfunctional cell phone market.
This afternoon’s announcement revealed that Quebecor could be set to expand its wireless business outside Quebec. They succeeded in purchasing spectrum in Southern Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, as well as in Quebec. However the Big Three (Bell, Rogers, Telus) purchased 89% of this vital resource across Canada, consolidating their stranglehold. Prior to this auction the Big Three held 85% of Canadian wireless spectrum. Spectrum is a scarce and vital resource that mobile devices need to communicate with each other. Read more »