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OpenMedia.ca Ramps Up their Canadian Carrier ‘Stop the Squeeze’ Campaign [SIGN HERE]

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OpenMedia.ca previously launched their ‘Stop the Squeeze’ campaign back in January. A recent email blast to its supporters has the non-profit upping the ante against the ‘Big 3’ carriers in Canada. Today they specifically target a campaign by Rogers to ‘muzzle’ your voice:

  • Rogers recently bought and paid for a trumped-up study2 that wrongly implies Canadians (you) can afford to pay more for telecom services.2
  • 2Lemay Yates recently released a report, bought and paid for by Rogers, that suggests Canadians have better Internet speed, availability and pricing than our global counterparts. But this research directly contradicts many other independent reports (from the OECD,Harvard, the New America FoundationAkamai, and more) that show Canada falling woefully behind on key metrics like price and speed.
  • Rogers just took to the courts to argue that Canada’s false advertising rules violate the telecom giant’s freedom of expression! This after being caught red-handed and fined $10,000,000 dollars for misleading cell phone advertising.3
  • 3According to the Vancouver Sun: “Rogers Communications Inc. is asking an Ontario court to strike down part of a federal law requiring a company to have ‘adequate and proper’ tests of a product’s performance before advertising claims about the product — on the grounds that it violates its freedom of expression.”

What do you think? Are Canadian wireless customers really being held back in our country or being misled? You can learn more about the ‘Stop the Squeeze’ campaign here.

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  • Antonino Urbano

    This is a more-or-less worthy cause. The Big-3 still need 700 mhz spectrum to get phones if only to be in step with the US (because otherwise who the hell will make an LTE phone for 900 and 1800 mhz for the Canadian market). My problem isn’t with the petition, it’s with OpenMedia.ca. 
    I, for one, will never trust them again after the way they handled the CRTCs IISP decision, saying it was a “huge win” and whatnot, when clearly it resulted in higher prices (and the cost per megabit for the IISPs it exorbitant!). That particular decision was a step in the right direction but certainly not a huge win, as costs went up instead of down for most IISP customers, with a few exceptions. So in my opinion, OpenMedia blindly looks for causes and serves mainly to protect itself and not the causes they pretend to protect.

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