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OpenMedia Supports Idea of Toronto Building its Own Fibre Internet Network

The City of Toronto will consider the idea of building its own community fibre internet network, to fill gaps left by existing internet service providers. On February 2, 2021, City Council will debate the ConnectTO broadband proposal and OpenMedia has now created a campaign to easily contact Toronto councillors to support the idea. According to...

OpenMedia Billboard Trucks Blame Ottawa for Internet ‘Betrayal’

Last week, Vancouver-based non-profit and consumer advocate, OpenMedia, launched new mobile billboards to drive around Ottawa and Toronto, to share what it calls is ‘betrayal’ by the federal government when it comes to affordable internet. "Betrayed! The government just made internet more expensive” reads the digital billboard. https://twitter.com/OpenMediaOrg/status/1306748535308783619 Mobile billboard trucks have also been driving...

OpenMedia Calls for Federal Investigation into Bell/Telus Internet Outage

After today’s internet network outage from Bell and Telus that affected customers in eastern Ontario and Quebec, consumer advocacy group OpenMedia is demanding accountability for the downtime. “What happened today, and how can we know it won’t happen again? We need clear truthful answers and we aren’t going to get them if the government doesn’t...

Petition Urges Canadian Cellphone Providers to Drop Data Caps During COVID-19

Vancouver-based non-profit and consumer advocacy group, OpenMedia, has launched a new petition urging Canadian wireless carriers to drop data caps during the COVID-19 pandemic. While numerous wireless carriers have agreed to waive home internet data overages and roaming fees and long distance charges, cellphone data overages still remain (aside from SaskTel offering no data caps...

OpenMedia Calls for $20/4GB Low Cost Plan to CRTC and Full MVNO Access [u]

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) public hearing on wireless services continues, and today Vancouver-based non-profit, OpenMedia, is testifying in front of the Commission. Laura Tribe, executive director at OpenMedia, was joined alongside Matt Hatfield, campaigns director and Rodrigo Samayoa, digital rights campaigner at the organization. OpenMedia says in order to combat high mobile...

OpenMedia Petition Urges Canadians to Help ‘Stop the Internet Price Hike’

Vancouver-based non-profit and consumer advocate, OpenMedia, has launched a petition urging Canadians to help ‘Stop the Internet Price Hike’. The one-pager asks Canadians to sign their name, to tell the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to "Reject Big Telecom’s latest price-gouging scheme, and uphold the CRTC’s August decision to lower wholesale rates...

OpenMedia Survey Wants Your Cell Phone Horror Stories to Share with the CRTC

Consumer advocacy non-profit, OpenMedia, has launched a new survey seeking input from Canadians to share their cell phone provider horror stories, to submit to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). "Canada’s exorbitant cell phone prices and lack of competition are severely hurting our wallets, holding back our economy, stifling innovation and widening the digital...

OpenMedia Petition Calls for Better Cellphone Plans and Practices for B.C.

Last month, the government of British Columbia launched a new public questionnaire to seek public input into cellphone bills, part of the province’s plan to lower costs for better affordability. Now, Vancouver-based non-profit and consumer advocacy group, OpenMedia, has launched their own petition detailing specific changes they recommend to the provincial government to improve wireless...

OpenMedia Details How ‘We Defeated Bell’ and Its Website Blocking Proposal

The CRTC yesterday rejected the Bell-led initiative to block piracy websites. FairPlay Canada as it was known, with its coalition of media companies including Bell Media, Rogers Media, CBC and more, had their application denied by the CRTC over jurisdiction grounds under the Telecommunications Act. According to the CRTC, numerous opposition groups filed interventions to...

CRTC Cuts Broadband Fund Speeds by 50%, Move Slammed as “Step Backwards”

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the criteria today of its Broadband Fund, detailing how it will spend $750 million set aside to further advance broadband services in rural areas of Canada. The CRTC announced the $750 million Broadband Fund two years ago, with ambitious goals of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload Internet...