Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Drew Brown discusses how the Libs’ claim to represent – or even understand – the interests of Canada’s middle class is disappearing. And Steven Chase and Robert Fife expose Bill Morneau’s broken promise to set up a blind trust for his assets while he makes decisions which will ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The Economist examines the latest research showing the amount of money stashed in tax havens is even higher than previously estimated. And the Guardian calls for action on the IMF’s conclusion that we’ll all end up better off if the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – The Star argues that a crackdown on tax evasion and avoidance is a crucial first step in reining in inequality. Susan Delacourt wonders when, if ever, Chrystia Freeland’s apparent interest in inequality will show up in her role in government. And Vanmala Subramaniam reminds us why the cause ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Christopher Ingraham points out that while many luxuries are getting cheaper with time, the necessities of life are becoming much more difficult to afford: Many manufactured goods — like TVs and appliances — come from overseas, where labor costs are cheaper. “International, global competition lowers prices directly ... Bell is lobbying the Canadian government for a “free pass” from new customer protection rules

Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is rolling the dice on a political gamble that, if successful, will mean the death of affordable Internet access for Canadian households and businesses. On October 21, The Globe and Mail reported that BCE Inc. was appealing to the then freshly-elected Trudeau government, asking the incoming cabinet to overturn a pro-customer July ruling from the ... Huffington Post: Cord-Cutting In Canada 7 Times Faster Than Last Year, But Telcos May Have A Bigger Problem

Cord-cutting in Canada keeps increasing. How many of you still have cable TV? Article by Daniel Tencer for the Huffington Post Canadian TV viewers have been ditching their cable and satellite TV subscriptions at a pace that’s nearly seven times faster than last year, a new analysis shows. read more Telus to cut 1,500 jobs but hike dividend 5%

Hmm… Wireless customers fleeing the company.  Profits up. 1,500 jobs cut. And shareholders getting a 10% hike? Looks like this telecom giant isn’t putting its eggs in the “good customer service” basket anytime soon… Article by The Canadian Press for CBC News Telus Corp.  says it’s planning to reduce its workforce by 1,500 positions in ... Rabble: It’s time for Canadians to demand the local and community media policy we deserve

Tomorrow is the deadline for Canadians to tell the CRTC how it should update its local and community TV policy. It will determine what will happen to $150 million that Canada’s big cable and satellite companies collect that is supposed to support “community TV.” Canadians should get the local media policy we deserve. Article by Cathy ... Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet – 31 Ministers who’ll be ... Globe and Mail: New York probes broadband speeds

Hey, Canada could sure use something like this: Article by Sarah N. Lynch for The Globe and Mail New York state’s attorney general is probing whether three major Internet providers could be shortchanging consumers by charging them for faster broadband speeds and failing to deliver the speeds being advertised, according to documents seen by Reuters. ... CBC: Why Canadians are spending more on wireless and internet services

Wireless prices increased at over three times the rate of inflation. Here’s why: Article by Aaron Saltzman for CBC News Consumers are spending more on communication services but they aren’t getting any more for their money, according to a prominent critic of the telecom industry, who says the spending increases are due to a lack ... National Post: New CRTC report may show the landline and the traditional TV set are going the way of the Dodo

One thing we learned from the latest CRTC report is that Canadians are spending more on telecom services each year. Article by Monika Warzecha and Jonathon Rivait for the National Post read more The Province: Canadians spend more on wireless, Internet services; prices up more than inflation

“, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, said the report shows that Canada has a long way to go to create more affordable telecom options.”  Speak out now for faster, cheaper Internet at Article by BRIAN MCKENNA, THE CANADIAN PRESS published by The Province OTTAWA – Canadians are paying more for their communications services in ... Canadians look to newly-elected government for action as CRTC report confirms huge year-on-year price increases for communications services

crtc-cmnsmonitoring.jpg As monthly household telecom spending breaches the $200 mark for the first time, Canadians will be looking to incoming Liberal government for reassurance and action October 22, 2015 – This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released the first part of their annual Communications Monitoring Report providing an overview of the Canadian ... Globe and Mail: BCE launches appeal of CRTC fibre networks ruling

How the incoming government responds to this request will be an important litmus test for Canada’s digital future. Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail BCE Inc. is appealing a ruling from Canada’s telecom regulator to the federal cabinet, arguing the decision forcing it to give small Internet providers access to its highest-speed ... Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

computer-crtc.jpg Bell Canada is calling on the new federal Cabinet to overturn pro-customer CRTC requirements to ensure Canadians can access high-speed independent providers October 21, 2015 – This morning it was reported that Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is challenging a landmark CRTC decision that promised fair access to fibre Internet facilities for smaller, independent Internet ... Globe: Rural communities get gigabit Internet: ‘We went from the dark ages to highest-speed Internet available’

Great to see when rural communities in Canada get the high-speed Internet they deserve! Check out our Report Card to see where the parties stand on tackling this problem: Article by Tracy Hanes for The Globe and Mail For decades, Scugog Township, a rural community of 22,500 residents in Ontario’s Durham Region, has depended ... Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

report_img2.png As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and with Bill C-51 and mass surveillance ... Rogers, Bell and Telus hike Internet speeds, prices with ‘gigabit’ service

Unbelievable. Big Telecom is charging $150 a month for ultra high speed fibre Internet.  Now wonder less than 5% of Canadian households have fibre connections, compared to nearly 70% in Japan. When fibre is affordable there’s no doubt that we’ll leap to the new technology the same way they did when we moved from dial-up ... How big is Big Telecom? Just how concentrated is the Canadian media landscape?

So, just how big is Big Telecom?  Our friends at the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, led by Carleton University Professor (and OpenMedia friend) Dwayne Winseck, have sought to answer exactly that question. In a new blog post they ask: Ever wonder who the main companies are that make up and shape the media, telecoms and internet landscape ... Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

Well, the calendar has just flipped over to October, which can only mean one thing: we’re just under three weeks from an election that’s going to be absolutely crucial for our digital future. There’s no doubt this election represents a crossroads for Canada’s Internet. There’s so much on the line: repealing Bill C-51, ending mass ... Geist: Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue.

Less than 3 weeks away from the election, and still no mention of universal, affordable broadband Internet access…Why are political parties silent on this issue? Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star The long election campaign of 2015 has featured a myriad of daily policy announcements as the three largest political parties vie for ... Toronto Star: Bridging Toronto’s real digital divide

It turns out more choice = more savings in Canada’s broadband Internet market. But there’s a catch – the digital divide isn’t just rural/remote vs. urban anymore. Check out how over 70% of people in Canada’s largest city are being left behind when it comes to super-fast fibre Internet. And be sure to demand fast, ... Big Telecom could slip new slow lane powers into a U.S. bill that has nothing to do with the Internet

A few days ago, OpenMedia helped our campaign partners at Demand Progress add the names of thousands of Internet users to a historic legal defense of the Net Neutrality rules that are currently being challenged in court by Big Telecom in the U.S. As you may recall, the rules being challenged are the ones we ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Oxfam points out that without a major redistributive effort, hundreds of millions of people will be trapped in extreme poverty around the globe no matter how much top-end growth is generated.And Michael Valpy writes that the Cons have gone out of their way to stifle any talk ...