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Making internet access more costly

Making internet access more costly

Nov 2, 2016

ISP tax would make internet even more expensive for Canadians   INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • At OpenMedia, we cover a wide range of digital rights issues so we’ve really seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to policy proposals over the years. And this one’s a doozy: Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is...

Undoing Bill C-51

Undoing Bill C-51

Oct 6, 2016

Public consultation – while flawed – a real chance to repeal unpopular Conservative legislation   INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • It’s here. Almost a year into their mandate, the Liberal government has finally launched its long awaited public consultation on Bill C-51, and a broad range of privacy and national security...

Quebec’s Bill 74 on a slippery slope to censorship

Quebec’s Bill 74 on a slippery slope to censorship

Sep 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher Province to block gambling sites not approved by government • Internet censorship. Website block lists. Stiff financial penalties for Internet providers who allow their customers to view sites forbidden by the government. This may the stuff of day-to-day life in authoritarian regimes, but it’s certainly not what you’d...

We can finally put an end to data caps

We can finally put an end to data caps

Jul 15, 2016

But will the CRTC listen? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • “You have used 100% of your monthly data allocation. Additional charges will apply.” There’s probably not an Internet user out there who hasn’t grimaced upon receiving a message like this from their telecom provider. Sadly, mean-spirited data caps, accompanied by extortionate...

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Jun 2, 2016

But what’s next for Canada’s telecom market? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • As wins go, this one was a doozy. Following months of debate, all eyes were on Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains as he weighed whether or not to give Bell, and a tiny handful of other telecom behemoths, an effective monopoly over fibre Internet services in...

Affordable, hi-speed Internet access for all

Affordable, hi-speed Internet access for all

May 7, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • Rural Canadians should not suffer from slow service, sky-high prices and restrictive data caps. “It’s too expensive.” “It’s too slow.” “I can’t get a reliable connection.” All common responses from Canadians when asked what they think about their Internet service. At OpenMedia, not a day goes by...

Five challenges we face on digital rights for the Internet in 2016

Five challenges we face on digital rights for the Internet in 2016

Jan 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • What a year 2015 has been! In the space of just 12 months, with the support of our amazing community and partners around the globe, OpenMedia fought to ensure people everywhere have affordable access to an Internet that is surveillance and censorship-free. Highlights include winning a historic fight at the U.S. FCC for...

Canadians to Trudeau: Let’s talk C-51!

Canadians to Trudeau: Let’s talk C-51!

Dec 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • As the dust settles after the recent federal election, the priorities of Canada’s new Liberal majority government are becoming clear. Early signs show the government intends to pursue an ambitious agenda: there are nearly 300 items on the to-do lists Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assigned to members of his...

Tell your candidates to take a stand for a free and open Internet

Tell your candidates to take a stand for a free and open Internet

Oct 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher “It’s the economy, stupid!” That well-known political aphorism was first coined over 20 years ago by James Carville, a senior advisor to Bill Clinton. The saying may be decades old, but it’s still applicable to our current federal election. “Who can save the economy?” blares a Maclean’s headline. “The...

Erasing internet links

Erasing internet links

Aug 1, 2015

Process should be fair, transparent and independent • INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • You don’t have to look far these days to discover new threats to the free and open Internet we all rely on. Recently, OpenMedia has helped fight off a costly new ‘Link Tax,’ mobilized supporters against a reckless spying law and ran high-impact bus ads...