Affordability

A User Guide for the CRTC's Flawed Consultation

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada
Steve E. Anderson

To help ensure that Internet users' voices are heard, your team at OpenMedia.ca have put together a question-by-question readers' guide to the CRTC's Choicebook survey. We hope you find it useful, and encourage you to take a few moments to prevent the CRTC from going in the wrong direction.

So, I Can't Stream 'The Daily Show' Unless I Pay for Cable?

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

One night not long ago I was about to take in my daily dose of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart after work, when I was forced to deal with a new popup window on the CTV website -- CTV and other Bell Media websites are the only legal websites you can use to watch this and many other shows. But a popup appeared...

What Minister Moore Says About Your Sky-High Cell Phone Bills

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

Last fall, a group of over 35 leading innovators and entrepreneurs joined OpenMedia.ca in sending a letter to Industry Minister James Moore. Our letter called for several actions to be taken to fix our broken cell phone market. Minister Moore has now replied.

Fighting Big Telecom: Good Things Happen When Canadians Speak Out

David Christopher | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Good things happen when Canadians speak out! For months, tens of thousands of citizens from right across Canada have stood up to demand the government take action for authentic choice in our broken wireless market.

About Time the Government Listened Up on Telecom Policy

David Christopher | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Canadians have been speaking out for wireless choice and affordability for years now and, after years of telecommunications policy neglect, it looks like the government is finally starting to listen. It's heartening to see the government finally starting to reflect what Canadians have been saying for a long time now.

A Top 10 To Do List for Keeping Canada's Internet Open

David Christopher | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Ensuring Canada has an accessible, affordable, surveillance-free, and open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness. Minister James Moore has the power to take on Canada's entrenched Big Telecom giants. Here are 10 actions Minister Moore should take to leave a lasting positive legacy for Canadian Internet users.

The Campaign Big Telecom Employees Are Forced to Join

David Christopher | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Canada's Big Three telecom giants are sounding increasingly desperate as their expensive ad campaign fails to connect with Canadians -- and now it looks like they're taking that desperation out on their employees. It's disappointing, although not surprising, that Big Telecom is resorting to strong-arming its employees into participating in their floundering campaign.

Creative Canadians Take on Big Telecom's Propaganda

David Christopher | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada
David Christopher

Judging by the remarkable grassroots response from Canadians, it's clear that Big Telecom has totally misjudged the national mood. They're wasting millions on misleading propaganda and expensive ads that almost nobody believes. Canadians are uniting against the lies of Big Telecom in a big way, and the results have been spectacular.

What Big Telecom Is Really Afraid of: Competition

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

Canada's Big Three telecom giants are sounding increasingly desperate these days -- they're running expensive ads against foreign investment (read: Verizon). So what is Big Telecom really afraid of? Big Telecom's worst nightmare is seeing home-grown Canadian innovators finally have an equal platform to compete against their tired, bloated bureaucracies.

Big Telecom V.S. Canada -- Who Will Win?

David Christopher | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Our high cellphone prices are acting as a real dead weight on our economy, stifling innovation and hampering job creation. Canada cannot afford to keep falling further and further behind our counterparts in the rest of the industrialized world. Why these higher monthly rates?

It's Official: Canadians Pay More for Cell Phones Than Almost Anyone

David Christopher | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada
David Christopher

With a new report from the OECD placing Canada in 32nd place (out of 34) in terms of cell phone prices, the question is clear: Why is Canada falling so far behind the rest of the industrialized world? Our high prices are the direct result of the fact that 94 per cent of our broken wireless market is controlled by just three giant Big Telecom conglomerates. Many Canadians have no alternative to the high-cost Big Three.

Big Telecom Is Trying to Dupe You - Don't Buy It!

David Christopher | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Big Telecom is up to its old tricks again. They've invested some of their record profits into an expensive PR campaign, including misleading full page newspaper ads, in a clear effort to try to convince Canadians that cell phone service is not as bad as we know it is. Canadians will be asking why the Big Three don't put that money instead towards addressing their systematic mistreatment of cell phone users.

Canadians Are Playing Broken Telephone With Big Telecom

David Christopher | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Even after the CRTC and Industry Canada announcements, Canadians are still stuck with a broken wireless market, 94 per cent dominated by just three unaccountable Big Telecom conglomerates. It's become increasingly clear that Canadians need a long-term solution rather than a failed piecemeal approach.

DSL Rates Plummet in Ontario

J. David Ellis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada
J. David Ellis

Anyone who's ever spent more than 5 minutes reading my blog knows I've spilt a phenomenal amount of ink over the miserable state of broadband in Can...

How the CRTC Can Fix Wireless in Canada

J. David Ellis | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

Last time, I took the Commission to task for trying to build excitement over the level of cellphone penetration in Canada in their consultation video. Why? Because the only metric that really counts in 2012 is the takeup of smartphones: smartphones do data, feature phones don't. Let's consider penetration in a more meaningful context.

CRTC as Consumer Advocate: Four Reasons not to Celebrate (Yet)

J. David Ellis | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada
J. David Ellis

I think the CRTC's decision to get the incumbents' financials out of the closet is very positive -- another demonstration of Chairman Blais' public-spirited philosophy. But even Chairman Blais has a corporate history to live with, and that's not going to be a cakewalk.