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Benjamin Klass

Graduate Student, Carleton University

Ben Klass is a candidate for a Masters Degree at the University of Manitoba, where he is currently completing a thesis project on the political economy of Canadian telecommunications. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (2006). When he’s not reading and writing about telecom, he can be found building cabins around the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Eastern Manitoba, or working in the local Post Office.
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Canada's Internet Needs to Join the 21st Century

Mr. Moore, Mr. Harper, Mr. Blais, we have given the large carriers our trust. And they have abused it. It's now up to you -- we need you to work together to ensure that our networks are open to content producers, to innovative service providers, and most of all, to ordinary Canadian citizens. We need more than tweets, more than press releases and pamphlets. We are asking for a firm commitment to ensure that the large network operators will no longer be artificially favoured over upstart innovators and competitors, a commitment to providing Canadians with a bright and lasting digital future.
11/21/2014 05:56 EST

Sparkling Lakes and Spectrum Auctions, Part 1

Bell, Rogers, and Telus have been collectively taking out full page advertisements in newspapers all summer long. You may have seen their most recent one, and I must say, it's elegantly laid out. It's...
09/03/2013 04:51 EDT
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A Reply to Bell's Open Letter: You've Failed

Mr. Cope, I am Canadian. Like virtually every other Canadian I know, I rely on my mobile phone in my personal life and for my livelihood on a daily basis. The "critical situation" I face comes every month, when I open my wireless bill wondering whether I'll be able to afford to pay it. Your company, along with Canada's other major wireless providers, have had 30 years to address this situation. But you've failed. Posting huge profits and paying dividends year after year might satisfy your shareholders, but individual Canadians and their families are being hung out to dry. It's time for a change.
08/08/2013 12:41 EDT