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 Foundation, Akamai, 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.