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 ... New privacy legislation fails to tackle Canadians’ central privacy concern: reckless and expensive government surveillance

New privacy legislation does nothing to protect Canadians from out-of-control government spying. That’s according to our own Steve Anderson, writing in today’s edition of the @Epoch Times. Please SHARE this piece and speak out for real privacy protections at This week, Industry Minister James Moore quietly tabled a new Digital Privacy Act in the ... OpenMedia Street Teams get active at a local level to fight online spying

Members the pro-Internet community are busily working with OpenMedia staff to get active at a local level, and standing up for your privacy by amplifying voices from our campaign. It’s inspiring and it’s working. In case you missed it, check out this amazing coverage, and keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming report-back from ... Canada is a Pro-Internet Trendsetter: Weekly News Update from

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From CBC News Bell internet customers will no longer have their file sharing uploads and downloads deliberately slowed down. Bell Canada and Bell Aliant will stop using equipment to selectively slow down file sharing applications on their networks starting March 1, the companies said in a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on ... Huffington Post: Privacy law amendment foreshadows Lawful Access

From Huffington Post It’s not exactly Canada’s very own Patriot Act, but a Harper government amendment to the country’s privacy law has some experts seeing shadows of the controversial U.S. legislation. Industry Minister Christian Paradis tabled an amendment to the PIPEDA privacy law on Thursday, hailing it as a step forward towards greater protection of ... Government Trust Broken? Breach of Abused Mother’s New Identity

After years of domestic abuse, there were high hopes for Jane Doe and her daughter to lead a normal life with new identities. With assistance from a secretive federal program, New Identities for Victims of Abuse (NIVA), they were finally given full security with new legal documents and re-location; however, it wasn’t long before Jane ... History Repeating: 130 years later and still stuck in "Telephonmania"

Interestingly, Arstechnica points to questions that were raised 130 years ago regarding the telephone industry and its implementation of metered billing. Sound familiar? Like those who protested in 1886, the pro-Internet community is striving to encourage policy-makers to re-imagine the web. This article cleverly links the (once feared) universality of the telephone with our current ... The Mark: What the "lawful access" bill might mean for Canadian’s online security

By Alexander Ly and Adam Webb for The Mark Canadian privacy online is about to be put at serious risk. As if internet malefactors and unruly privacy settings on major applications weren’t enough to dissuade Canadians from exercising their online liberties, a trio of invasive bills centred on “information disclosure, mandated surveillance technologies, and new ... Coalition Members Talk Stop Online Spying on CBC Radio

Why is everybody freaking out about Lawful Access right now? Why is the “I’ve got nothing to hide” argument missing the point? And why are the experts (Privacy Commissioners, academics, and public interest organizations) so concerned? Listen to Tamir Israel of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) on the CBC Tech Podcast ... Security risks of increased digital surveillance call for a closer look

As this CBC commentary from Dan Misener describes, despite its “unfortunate name,” the Conservative government’s “Lawful Access” legislation is anything but boring. Indeed, this invasive set of electronic surveillance bills present grave security risks for all Canadians. It’s no wonder that many people representing a diverse range of interests — from Canadian privacy commissioners to ... Hasiuk: Conservative "Lawful Access" bills would bring about unprecedented online powers

By Mark Hasiuk for Vancouver Courier Cyberspace. The final frontier. Back in 2003, Barrett Lyon, a computer scientist from California, embarked on the most ambitious cartography project since David Thompson. Using computer graphics, Lyon mapped the Internet, connecting network to network, power source to web server, in a human-created universe of infinite possibilities. At first ... Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Ontario Court Protects Political Speech and Internet Anonymity

From Canadian Civil Liberties Association The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently issued a decision on a motion brought by the former mayor of the municipality of Aurora. The former mayor has sued some of her former constituents for defamation based on comments posted on a local Aurora blog which are critical of her work ... Masnick: Court Refuses To Issue Injunction Stopping Secret Web Spycams From Running On Rental Laptops

By Mike Masnick for TechDirt A couple months ago, we wrote about the class action lawsuit from a family who discovered that the company from whom they had rented a laptop, Aaron’s, had secretly installed spying software that would surreptitiously turn on the laptop’s webcam, take pictures, and send them back to the company. That ... Ellis: Beyond UBB: the CRTC’s war on Canadian consumers

By David Ellis for Life on the Broadband Internet In my previous post, I suggested the consumer ISP complaints revealed recently are bad enough, but only the tip of a much larger iceberg. The more unsettling issue is that the complaints in question were effectively secret and had to be dragged out of the CRTC ... Geist: What is so undemocratic about allowing a few companies to control the Net?

By Michael Geist The second day of the CRTC hearing on usage based billing left the Commission with three fairly divergent views on Canadian networks, traffic management, and the wholesale tariff (coverage from the Globe,, Wire Report). While Bell focused on network congestion in its presentation on the first day, the cable providers and ... Edmonton Journal: Internet providers slow speeds, researcher says

By Jason Magder for Edmonton Journal Canadian Internet providers have purposely or accidentally slowed down the speeds of its customers dozens of times in the last two years, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has done little to stop this practice, an industry researcher has found. read more iPolitics: Competing views on internet billing clash at CRTC

By Elizabeth Thompson for iPolitics Conflicting views over how Canadians should pay for internet usage clashed before the CRTC Monday, as the commission heard a new round of arguments over how small internet service providers should be billed for the bandwidth use of their customers. read more Telemanagement: CRTC begins usage-based billing hearings

By Anthony Gabryluk for Telemanagement Consumer advocates have told the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that big telecommunications companies should address the issue of internet congestion by investing more in their networks. read more ARS: Metered billing: it’s a lack of competition, not congestion

By Matthew Lasar for ARS Technica It looks like Canada’s telecom regulators are showing some new-found skepticism about metered or “usage-based” billing (UBB). The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been holding hearings over the last few days about its controversial (and for the moment suspended) move to let Bell Canada bill independent ISPs ... Solomon: CRTC starts Internet wholesale pricing hearing

By Howard Solomon for itWorldCanada The telecom regulator begins a hearing to hone its unpopular decision on usage-based billing and set wholesale pricing for independent Internet providers so they can offer high-speed access equal to big carriers. read more Marlow: BCE put on hot seat at hearing on Web pricing

By Iain Marlow for Globe and Mail The country’s telecom regulator has cast doubt on BCE Inc.’s (BCE-T38.240.491.30%)argument that fast-growing Web traffic requires new usage-based pricing measures, setting the tone for regulatory hearings that will help shape the future of Internet pricing in Canada. read more Mediacaster: CRTC Hearings on Internet Pricing Begin in Ottawa

From Media Caster The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s public hearing into wholesale high-speed Internet access services began in Ottawa today. read more Circle ID: Hot Legal Action in Canada!

By Neil Schwartzman for Circle ID The best part is … this isn’t one of those ‘now that I’ve got your attention’ tricks, like one of those old “free beer” posters; there really is a ton of stuff happening above the 49th parallel this summer. read more Toronto Sun: CRTC drills BCE on UBB

By Stefania Moretti for Toronto Sun Regulators drilled BCE Inc. executives with questions Monday ahead of a decision on wholesale usage-based billing (UBB) amid criticism the whole process is a waste of time because it ignores the wider problem of retail data caps. read more