Make The Switch

Are Canada’s Big Telecom giants hiring U.S. firms attacking VMedia Inc., a small Canadian ISP?

Why is a foreign, U.S.-based public relations firm attacking a small Canadian indie ISP, VMedia, Inc.? That’s a question some Canadians may be asking in response to a recent public debate over the direction of Canada’s digital future.

Over the past few weeks, a debate about the future of independent (i.e. non-Big Telecom) Internet services has been playing out in the pages of the Financial Post following a recent win for Canadians at the CRTC.

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Confirmed: Shaw rings in 2015 by charging higher prices for slower Internet

January 6, 2015 – Shaw today confirmed that it will be charging higher prices for slower Internet in 2015. Concerned Internet users warned of these price hikes back in December and confirmation today has sparked outrage online. The changes mean that new customers will need to choose between getting slower Internet speeds, or paying more for a faster service.

For example, where $60 a month purchased a 25 Mbps service in 2014, it will purchase just a 15 Mbps service in 2015 - a drop in speed of 40%. Existing customers will also experience steep 10% price hikes - or five times the rate of inflation. Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:

“Canadians hoping to keep a lid on their household expenses as one of their New Year’s resolutions are in for a shock. When the rumour first broke, Shaw assured us that that this was all a big misunderstanding. Well the proof is in the pudding – and today Shaw served up some pretty expensive pudding. And, if history is any indication, others like Bell, Rogers, and Telus will soon follow. ”  

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CBC: Cord-cutting continues as Canadians ditch TV & landlines

More and more Canadians are ditching Big Telecom's price gouging on phone and TV services. What about you?

Article from The CBC

More Canadians are abandoning traditional telephones and TV services, reflecting a growing trend prompted by changing lifestyles, according to a new study.
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Guest blog by Barry Shell - How Big Telecom makes trouble when switching Internet providers in Canada

Here's a guest blog by OpenMedia.ca community member Barry Shell, who is writing to: "show everyone how Shaw and the other major Canadian Internet providers deliberately invent unnecessary obstacles to try to stop Canadians from getting lower-cost service from independent providers."

Imagine having to pay nearly $200 whenever you want to buy gas from a different service station? Sadly, this is currently the situation when it comes to switching Internet providers in Canada.

Last month I decided to switch our home Internet service from Shaw Cable, the only cable Internet provider in BC—a monopoly—to Teksavvy, a small independent Internet Service Provider (ISP). My reason was simple - the same 25 Mbps service costs $60 at Shaw and $40 with Teksavvy. Read more »


A pro-Internet Top 10 to do list for James Moore

Ensuring Canada has an accessible, affordable, surveillance-free, and open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness.

We now have a new, heavyweight Industry Minister in James Moore – someone with the power and influence to take on Canada’s entrenched Big Telecom giants. Expectations for Minister Moore are high, with citizens expecting him to deliver real change to ensure that all Canadians can enjoy fast, affordable, and ubiquitous Internet service.

OpenMedia.ca has worked with thousands of Canadians across the country to develop a clear action plan for a connected Canada - a plan Canadians expect Minister Moore to implement through the government’s long-awaited Digital Economy Strategy. Read more »


Progress for Canada’s Internet pricing: Indie ISPs lowering rates

Thanks to pressure from hundreds of thousands of Canadians, it looks like independent ISPs like Teksavvy, Distributel, Acanac, and Start are finally gaining the ability to do what citizens need them to do: provide independent affordable Internet services, and in so doing provide a check on Big Telecom price-gouging.

For example, indie ISP TekSavvy recently announced that they are lowering their DSL prices by about 18% on average. This is a big deal – and it’s been a long time coming.

Here’s the step-by-step of what happened: Read more »


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