The Canadian Progressive: The FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality threatens democracy everywhere

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed plan to dismantle net neutrality threatens democracy and the free exchange of ideas and information via the Internet. Even if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality this week, the fight to save the must continue. The post The FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality threatens democracy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – PressProgress points out Statistics Canada’s latest numbers on Canada’s extreme wealth disparity – with 60% of the population owning only 10% of the wealth while a lucky few amass gigantic fortunes.  – Jordan Brennan discusses how a lack of labour conflict has led to low levels of both ...

Dead Wild Roses: Just A Friendly Reminder – Fight for Net Neutrality

The fight to maintain Net Neutrality has been raging.  You have not heard about it because it is not in the big companies interests for you to know about it.  Think it isn’t a big deal?   Please partake in the observed behaviour of said companies and remind yourself that these infractions happened during the time ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Linda McQuaig discusses how Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau and the federal Libs are focused mostly on further privileging the rich: There’s lots of lamenting about the way the rich keep getting richer while ordinary folk struggle to keep their heads above water. Along with the lamenting, there’s usually ...

The Canadian Progressive: Escalating war on net neutrality, Bell Canada wants to block Canadians’ access to pirate websites

Back in April, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of net neutrality and declared that “Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas.” Bell Media, one of Canada’s “big three” telecom companies, wants to change all that. The post Escalating ...

The Canadian Progressive: Escalating war on net neutrality, Bell Canada wants to block Canadians’ access to pirate websites

Back in April, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of net neutrality and declared that “Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas.” Bell Media, one of Canada’s “big three” telecom companies, wants to change all that. The post Escalating ...

The Canadian Progressive: Why the July 12 net neutrality day of action in the United States matters

It’s the day a coalition of websites, technology companies, digital rights organizations, and internet users joined forces to to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s plan “to toss out net neutrality rules that preserve Internet freedom and prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what we can see and do online.” The post Why the July ...

Things Are Good: Even Massive Multinationals Support Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is what allows the internet to be what it is, and without it the internet would be pretty much useless. The Trump administration is presently trying to eliminate net neutrality to protect the profits of a very small group of companies. It’s worth noting that the Obama administration also tried this but didn’t ...

OpenMedia.ca: 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 ...

OpenMedia.ca: We’re Telling U.S. Congress to Stop the Sneak Attack on the Internet Slow Lane

Well, here we go again: a powerful committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would kill the FCC’s Open Internet rules – or, so-called “Net Neutrality” rules – that we fought hard for and won after a long battle alongside a broad coalition of civil society organizations, Internet freedom groups, ...

OpenMedia.ca: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day!

Good news Canada! June 3, 2015 is Cell Phone Freedom Day. Starting next Wednesday, three year contracts which have run for 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. For example, if you entered into a 3-year cell phone contract on June 3, 2013, you now have the option of ending that contract ...

OpenMedia.ca: Zuckerberg’s Internet.org is NOT the real Internet. It’s a trap

In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like India, Brazil,  read more

OpenMedia.ca: Guardian: Facebook is NOT the Internet

If Zuckerberg actually cares about helping the world’s poorest in this way, he should use his wealth and influence to boost the initiatives that are already on the ground. Article by John Naughton for The Guardian  Some years ago, I had a conversation with a senior minister in which he revealed that he thought the ...

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Zuckerberg’s Internet.org overshadows local efforts to get people connected to the full Internet

Internet.org not only violates net neutrality, it puts privacy, free expression and innovation at risk wherever it goes. Speak out now at No Fake Internet.  Article by Timothy Karr for the Huffington Post Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for world domination is in deep trouble. read more

OpenMedia.ca: Alphabeatic: Canada still leads in high wireless prices

Wireless savings? Not for now. Canadians’ wallets are still hurting.  Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic With the CRTC’s decision this week to forego implementing rules that would have allowed small companies to share the networks of bigger players, the regulator and government are both now pinning their hopes for wireless savings on newer competitors building infrastructure that’s ...

OpenMedia.ca: Bell Mobility is taking Canadians to court so it can keep artificially inflating the price of competing apps and services

bell-mobileTV-appeal.png In an effort to make Internet services more like cable TV, Bell is trying to overturn a CRTC decision forcing the company to treat other video services fairly on their network February 23, 2015 – Over the weekend, OpenMedia learned that Bell Mobility filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal in an ...

OpenMedia.ca: How Canada’s net neutrality rules are some of the best in the world

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post. Yesterday, U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his agency’s commitment to the strongest possible rules to prevent telecommunications companies from forcing certain websites and services into a slow lane online. At issue here are so-called “net neutrality” rules – rules which dictate whether our online networks are ...

The Canadian Progressive: Bell’s Mobile TV Practice Violates Telecommunications Act: CRTC

In a decision likely to have implications for net neutrality, the CRTC has ruled that Bell and Vidéotron’s mobile TV practices violate the Telecommunications Act. The post Bell’s Mobile TV Practice Violates Telecommunications Act: CRTC appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Obama Administration to provide citizens with faster, cheaper Internet while Canada falls behind

US_LTTE_fbshare.png Internet advocates celebrate Obama’s move, and point to it as the type of action required to get Canada’s Internet rates and speeds on par with global counterparts. January 14, 2015 – Internet advocates are celebrating this afternoon’s announcement from the Obama Administration pushing for common-sense steps to stop U.S. telecom giants from blocking American ...

OpenMedia.ca: Obama calls for strongest possible net neutrality rules… And saves the Internet?

As you may have heard, this morning, U.S. President Barack Obama came out with a decisive statement calling for the strongest possible rules to prevent slow lanes on the Internet. You can read the details in the statement we put out here, but the short version is that Obama unequivocally, and unambiguously committed himself to ...

The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Progressive Joins Global Net Neutrality Protest

Today, The Canadian Progressive joins millions of websites, digital rights organizations and Internet freedom fighters demanding stronger “net neutrality” protections. The post The Canadian Progressive Joins Global Net Neutrality Protest appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: It’s Big Telecom vs. YOU

The thing we love the most about the Internet is that it’s a level playing field for free expression, economic opportunity, and innovation. But Big Telecom can’t stand this – and now they’re trying to squeeze more money from Internet users by destroying the free and open Internet that people everywhere built together. These telecom ...

OpenMedia.ca: Say No to The Internet Slow Lane

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OpenMedia.ca: The Internet you know is about to look a whole lot different. And you might not like what you see.

Back in January, three judges in Washington, D.C.’s US Court of Appeals made a game-changing legal decision in the case of Verizon v. FCC, that would allow giant telecom conglomerates to block or slow down any content they want on their networks. read more

OpenMedia.ca: Ben Klass complaint against Bell prompts CRTC to review mobile Internet rules

Several months ago, we let you know that Manitoba resident and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass had filed a complaint with Canada’s telecom policymaker, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Ben’s complaint claimed that telecom giant Bell was unfairly stifling certain types of mobile content over their wireless networks to give their own content ...