Foreign Ownership

Big Telecom is Using Your Own Money To Keep You Trapped

David Christopher | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Will the government cave under this pressure? We're hoping they won't -- after all, they've made a clear promise to Canadians to lower prices, a promise underlined personally by Prime Minister Harper at his party's convention last fall. We intend to hold the government to its promises. But already there are worrying signs, with Industry Minister Moore seemingly changing his tune.

Will Canada Keep Its Promise to Lower Cell Phone Prices?

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

It's no wonder that so many Canadians are speaking out about the state of our broken wireless market. We pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for often terrible cell phone service. Thankfully it looks like decision-makers are finally starting to take notice.

Let's Talk About Solutions for Canada's Broken Telecom Market

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

One of the things we at OpenMedia.ca have been calling for is for wireless companies like Ting to be able to reach Canadians just like indie ISPs like Distributel, Acanac, Start or Teksavvy, just to name a few, do for wired Internet. At the moment Canadians are blocked by the Big Three from using Ting, which I think is wrong.

We Did It: Understanding Canada's New Cell Phone Rules

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

As of yesterday, our hard-won new cell phone customer protection rules go into effect for all new cell phone contracts/sales. The new rules, which were announced by the CRTC (Canada's telecom policy-maker) in June, apply right across Canada, so cell phone users from coast to coast to coast will benefit. These new cell phone customer protection rules will not be enough to rein in Canada's Big Telecom giants, but this is a step in the right direction.

What Happens When Canadians Speak Out Against Big Telecom

David Christopher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Because Canadians spoke out and demanded change we've forced decision-makers to sit up and take notice. All Canadians will benefit from the federal rules introduced in June, and residents of Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia can also now rely on strong provincial legislation to protect their customer rights.

Thanks to James Moore, Canadians Will Keep Paying Top Dollar For the Worst Service

David Christopher | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Canada's wireless market has taken another step backwards. Yesterday, telecom giant Telus announced it has bought out Public Mobile, a small independent carrier with 280,000 customers in Quebec and Ontario. Our wireless market is already highly concentrated, with just three giant conglomerates controlling over 92 per cent of revenues.

How to Make a Bad Telecom Situation Even Worse

David Christopher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Minister Moore has promised Canadians that he will fix our broken wireless market -- his own department's website promises "more choice." But "more choice" is the last thing that will happen if we let Big Telecom get special access to investment at the expense of Canadian startup providers.

Sparkling Lakes and Spectrum Auctions, Part 1

Benjamin Klass | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Business
Benjamin Klass

Bell, Rogers, and Telus have been collectively taking out full page advertisements in newspapers all summer long. You may have seen their most recent ...

Snapshot Of B.C.'s Chinese Real Estate Investors

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia

With all the doom and gloom stories about Vancouver’s housing bubble bursting, some industry experts shed some light on the Chinese entrepreneurs wh...

How We're Letting Other Countries Take Control of Ours

Diane Francis | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

When we talk about foreign ownership of Canadian resources, it's nothing to do with economics or ideology. This is about street smarts. The foreign buyout of resource, infrastructure and agricultural corporations simply has to stop. Canada must state clearly that all of its resource-related and infrastructure assets and corporations must be Canadian-owned and controlled and that no single foreign entity can own more than 10 per cent, or we'll all regret it.