A new report challenges claims made by Canada’s largest telecommunication companies in recent disputes over Internet billing and governance. Casting An Open Net: A Leading-Edge Approach to Canada’s Digital Future, offers an at times scathing critique of telecom positions on Internet congestion, BiTorrent use, billing strategies and throttling and backs its criticisms with topnotch research and analysis. Read more »
Cyberspace has become an all-immersive domain, and the global communications environment in which all of society, economics, and politics are now embedded. Its constituent parts are widely conceived of as critical national infrastructure.
But the domain of cyberspace is entering a potentially chaotic and very dangerous phase of its evolution, which is why it has become a key issue for consideration at today's G8 summit in Deauville, France. Read more »
Remember all that ruckus earlier this year about usage-based billing? Remember how a bunch of Canadians were really upset about how we pay for internet service in this country? I know, it seems like forever ago, so let me refresh your memory (and mine). Read more »
The Vancouver advocacy group leading the fight against increasing costs for Internet access in Canada is putting the issue on the election agenda with a "Vote for the Internet" campaign launched today.
And in the first few hours of the campaign launch, more than 10,000 people have signed on. Read more »
Whether you are surfing the web from your phone, watching kittens on Youtube, or taking in a movie on Net Flix, the possibility is very real that you could be paying higher rates to do so in Canada very soon. Depending on who you ask of course. Read more »
The dust has at least temporarily settled on Canada's controversial decision to let its biggest ISPs charge smaller, competitive ISPs on a metered, or Usage-Based Billing (UBB) schedule, a decision later suspended by The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Judging from a sample of the surly comments coming into the CRTC's new public proceeding on broadband billing issues, it's going to take a while before Canadians trust their telecommunications regulator again. Read more »
Posted by Lindsey Pinto on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 17:48
A huge stride has been made today for Canadians who want to Stop The Meter. Liberal technology critic Marc Garneau has announced that his party opposes Internet metering, and called on the Conservative government to reverse the CRTC ruling that allows it.
This morning we asked you for help in bringing the Liberals on-side, and you delivered. We asked for 200,000 signatures, and as I write these words I see that we have well exceeded that goal. Read more »
Posted by Steve Anderson on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 04:26
The impending metered Internet (Usage-based billing) was the topic of this George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight segment. Stombo does a great job introducing the issue and noting how it will affect Canadians
YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, iPad. . . and whatever else is about to take the world by storm, making all of those digital breakthroughs seem old news. Surely it's obvious by now that Canadians are going to be better off if we foster digital media creativity, rather than leaving it to people in other countries. Read more »
MONTREAL - A growing group of vocal Canadians is asking the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to review the decision to allow telecommunications companies to charge smaller Internet service providers for data usage.
Many of the smaller ISPs currently offer unlimited plans or high data limits to differentiate themselves from the large providers. Read more »
Canadians can't stand going without coffee. Even worse? Not having a team in the FIFA World Cup event for 2014. Absolutely unthinkable, say eight of ten Canadians.
But you know what they really hate? Metered Internet pricing, or Usage Based Billing (UBB) as they call it—letting the dominant Internet Service Providers charge broadband subscribers and smaller competitive ISPs by the quantity of data use. Read more »
A decision by the country’s telecom regulator could lead to higher broadband costs for Canadians, according to an open-Internet advocacy group.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission gave a continued green light today (January 25) for large, incumbent Internet service providers to bill independent ISPs for wholesale broadband on a usage-based system. Read more »
Shortly after imposing a controversial new pricing regime for Internet service, Canada’s national telecom regulator provided a small reprieve for smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on Tuesday. Read more »
The CRTC's decision to allow large internet providers to charge for excessive bandwidth use, while granting the independent internet dervice providers a small discount, fails to safeguard affordable access to the internet, an internet advocacy group said Tuesday.
Internet advocacy groups are disappointed with the CRTC's decision to allow the large providers to set the rate for bandwidth usage. (CBC) Read more »
The CRTC, navigating consumer and political backlash to its regulation of Internet pricing, has decided to cut small Internet service providers a little bit of slack, even as it implements a new pricing regime that has been condemned by citizens' groups and independent providers. Read more »
YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, iPad … and whatever else is about to take the world by storm, making all of those digital breakthroughs seem old news. Surely it’s obvious by now that Canadians are going to be better off if we foster digital media creativity, rather than leaving it to people in other countries. Read more »
The increasing use of bandwidth caps and usage based billing models among Canadian ISPs may enjoy support from the CRTC, but the practice has begun to attract increasing critical attention in both the media and at the political level. Read more »
The NDP’s digital-issues critic says a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to allow usage-based billing threatens access to the Internet.
According to Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, usage-based billing is unfair to consumers and could be used by large Internet service providers to limit competition from third-party ISPs and online media sources, such as Netflix. Read more »