CRTC’s options to filter unwanted phone calls lacking: critic

We all hate those daily telemarketing calls. What’s the CRTC doing to protect consumers? Not much, apparently.  Article by Jonathan Ore for CBC News The CRTC published a list on Friday of features Canadian telecom customers can use to help protect themselves from unsolicited or telemarketing calls.  read more 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 ... Alphabeatic: Bell appeals fibre broadband ruling as digital divide rages

How Trudeau’s cabinet deals with Bell’s appeal will prove to be a “litmus test” for the new government’s attitudes toward telecom companies. Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic The smoke hasn’t cleared from Monday’s federal election yet, but that isn’t stopping Bell from appealing to the incoming Liberal government a regulatory decision made a few months ago. ... Alphabeatic: Say hello to the newest net neutrality advocate: Rogers

File this under weird. Rogers is one of the worst traffic throttlers and #NetNeutrality violators in Canada – but now they’re coming out in support of the open Internet? What do you think? Are is the vertically-integrated giant just trying to protect their radio stations? Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic read more Toronto Star: Cellphone bill too high? Here’s what the political parties would do about it

Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for Internet and cell phone service – and if you live in rural or northern Canada, you may not even have reliable service at all. So which candidate do you think will lower your cellphone bill? Learn more below and check out our Report Card ... Globe and Mail: Apple’s monthly instalment price plan for unlocked iPhones eludes Canada

Why can’t we have nice things like U.S.’s monthly instalment price plan for iPhones here in Canada? Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail  Apple Inc. revealed a new way to buy its flagship device last week – the option to pay for unlocked models of its newest iPhones through monthly instalments. But ... Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music

Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don’t they treat all services equally? Let’s put Canadians in the driver’s seat – not these out of touch telecom giants. Article by Peter Nowak for Arstechnica Quebec wireless provider Videotron looks to be stepping into ... Barking Technology: Bell still claims to have a right to charge customers for a non-existent service

Bell is continuing to fight to charge customers for a 911 service that did not exist… Article by William Neilson for Barking Technology The Toronto Sun has a rather shocking story of Bell Canada’s continued fight to assert that they were legally allowed to charge customers a monthly fee for a 911 service that did not exist. Dating back ... Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet

ottawa_ourdigitalfuture.png Digital rights group OpenMedia releases comprehensive election platform packed with ideas crowdsourced from Canadians August 27, 2015 – It’s as if the entire city of London Ontario banded together to save the Internet. Shaped by more than 250,000 people and launching today, Canada’s Digital Future is a crowd-sourced election platform packed with ideas from ... Globe & Mail: Indies ask CRTC to open networks, lower prices

Good news – indie cell phone companies have launched a new CRTC challenge, aimed at opening our wireless networks and lowering prices for all Canadians. Speak out at Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail A group of independent Internet providers has launched a challenge of a landmark ruling on wholesale wireless ... Nowak: "A worse proposition than almost anywhere"

It’s official: the price is too damn high. And that’s the message that the CRTC needs to hear from you. Send your message at Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic   Bell has officially announced the availability and pricing of its gigabit fibre broadband service, and it’s as expensive as expected. The full speed – 940 megabits ...

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I knew this was a Spaceballs movie reference when I heard “ludicrous mode”. “Ludicrous speed” is attained by a spaceship in the Spaceballs movie. #Tesla Roadster in my driveway on Canada Day. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 3, 2015 It leaves us wondering what comes next for Tesla. Bizarre Mode? Singularity Generator? A test ... T-Mobile free roaming initiative could add fuel to Canada’s wireless market

T-Mobile announced yesterday it will allow its American customers use their service in Canada and Mexico with no extra fees (that’s right, free roaming). This new initiative puts the Big Three’s roaming plans to shame. Why can’t Canadians have nice things? Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic read more Wireless prices are so high that a black market is now emerging

Cheaper plans being sold on Kijiji? This has got to stop!  Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic You know wireless pricing in Canada is messed up when there’s a black market emerging to provide people with better deals. read more Rogers is officially approved to take control of Mobilicity

This will mean fewer choices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation.  Speak out now at Article by Ian Hardy for Mobile Syrup Rogers announced today it has received all governmental, creditor and court approvals to officially acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum and subscriber base, as ... Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

This article was originally published at If you’re a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don’t need an official report to tell you that you’re paying way over the odds. A glance at your monthly phone bill should be more than enough to remind you that Canadians really do pay some of ... CBC News: Are wireless prices set to rise further, following Rogers’ gobbling-up of Mobilicity?

  Canadians are worried they’ll be stuck with ridiculously-priced cell phone plans, following Rogers’ acquisition of indie provider Mobilicity earlier this week.   Don’t forget to speak out and tell James Moore to rein in Big Telecom gatekeepers.   Article by Sophia Harris for CBC News   ​Rogers has gobbled up troubled small carrier Mobilicity ... Globe and Mail: More power to the Big Three, less choice to Canadians

The new Rogers/Mobilicity deal will mean less choice and therefore higher prices. Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail While Mobilicity has finally found a buyer – selling to Rogers Communications Inc. for $465-million after more than two years in legal and financial limbo – Wind Mobile Corp. will also benefit from the ... Canadian cell phone users will pay the price for government’s broken promises on Rogers/Mobilicity deal

Moore.jpg Rogers $440 million takeover of Mobilicity will mean fewer choices and higher prices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation June 24, 2015 – Mobilicity has accepted a $440 million takeover from Rogers, Inc., according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court. ... Mobilicity employees’ MVNO proposal deserves serious consideration, although wireless prices will rise even further unless indie spectrum is kept out of Big Telecom’s hands

UnblockCanada_fbshare.jpg Reports over weekend suggest government is poised to allow Rogers and Telus to acquire Mobilicity’s valuable wireless spectrum, despite promises it would be set aside for affordable, independent providers June 22, 2015: Mobilicity’s employees and founder are calling for government action to ensure their business can continue as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), ... Telcos charge Canadians in some provinces more for wireless services

This should not happen! Speak out now: Article by Dylan Young for Yahoo News  Imagine you’ve just snagged yourself a brand new 128GB iPad Air 2 for $700 at the Apple Store. You couldn’t be happier. What a deal! Now imagine you find out that Apple charges only $350 for the exact same model ... New report shows Canada’s wireless rates are (STILL) among the worst in the world

by OpenMedia Digital Rights Campaigner Laura Tribe Is the federal government trying to hide from results of this year’s report on telecom prices in Canada? Their silence today over the release of the annual Wall Report report sure makes it look that way – and having seen the results, it’s not hard to imagine why. ... Telecom bills are rising rapidly: Government report confirms that cell phone cost increases are running at three times the rate of inflation

UnblockCanada_cycle_fbshare (1).png Official report finds that wireless prices are still rising steeply, and that overall telecom costs are among the most expensive in the industrialized world June 18, 2015 – A major government report released this morning confirms that Canadians are still paying among the highest prices in the industrialized world for telecom service. The ... The Globe and Mail: Wind Mobile brings cell service to Toronto subways

Great news for subway commuters users in Toronto, and yet another reason to escape the high prices and rampant abuse of the Big Three as new options become viable for CanadiansWe hope that other providers will follow Wind’s lead, and that the CRTC and Industry Canada will take bold steps to improve mobile choice and ...