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Access To High-Speed Internet Should Be Available To All Canadians

A long overdue conversation has begun in Canada about how to ensure large sections of our country are no longer cut off from an essential service which is taken for granted by so many others -- access to high-speed Internet. Not only are a large section of our fellow Canadians being cut off from vital services, they are also being prevented from fully participating in Canadian society and contributing the ideas and the innovations that make our country great. Rural Canada makes up 30 per cent of the country's population and produces one-third of our economic output. It is time to get Internet service in rural and northern Canada moving at full speed.
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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.
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Tories Vow 'Digital Privacy Act'

WATERLOO, Ont. — The federal government has outlined its digital strategy for Canadians, with one of its main initiatives to ensure access to secure and competitive Internet and wireless services. Ind...
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Canada's Digital Divide

What is it like to be a citizen in a digital age? And what type of nation are we in a digitized world? Many of us can't look away from our screens -- second screens, TV sets, mobile phones, desktops. We're increasingly disconnected from each, but we're hyperconnected through tweets, Facebook updates, messages and emails. Today we launch our Digital Divide series, and we start by asking, who are we leaving behind? Is access to broadband internet and literacy in technology crucial? Do we need to redefine what are basic needs?
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Telecoms Set Their Sights On This

MONTREAL - Canada's big telecom companies are not only fighting for cellphone customers, but for high-speed Internet subscribers as more and more digital content is consumed.The Internet is the connec...
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The People Putting Internet Freedom at Risk

As the International Telecommunication Union's negotiations move closer, more worrying developments are coming to light. At Openmedia we recently posted about some of the main concerns raised by the secretive negotiations, which threaten to change the Internet as we know it. A recent report highlights concerns that the proposals are particularly harmful to the developing world because accessing Internet content will become more expensive. Some content providers might choose to simply stop servicing regions with customers that have limited buying power. It's the role users play in Internet governance, not governments and big telecom conglomerates, that should be expanded.