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Big Telecom is actually taking you to court

Last night as I was wrapping up my day, I took one last glance at my email and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was our public interest lawyer notifying me that Canada’s cell phone giants have just quietly put forward a motion in Federal Court to overturn parts of our new cell phone Code of Conduct – that was put in place just weeks ago to protect us against price-gouging. The Big Telecom motion specifically mentions “members of the public”. It’s you. It’s all Canadians that are now being attacked using a federal court.

The Big Three cell phone giants have filed a motion in Federal Court to overturn new cell phone rules set up to safeguard you against restrictive long-term contracts and price-gouging! The motion even names “members of the public”.

Your actions have resulted in real change and now we need everyone to contribute what they can now so we can stay strong against this assault.

Take action!

Last night as I was wrapping up my day, I took one last glance at my email and I couldn’t believe my eyes.

It was our public interest lawyer notifying me that Canada’s cell phone giants have just quietly put forward a motion in Federal Court to overturn parts of our new cell phone Code of Conduct – that was put in place just weeks ago to protect us against price-gouging.

The Big Telecom motion specifically mentions “members of the public”. It’s you. It’s all Canadians that are now being attacked using a federal court.

We at OpenMedia.ca are not backing down, but we need your help to fight back as the stakes get higher. Will you stand with us now by chipping in $5, $15, $30, or whatever you can afford?

We’ve crafted a plan to engage consumer groups alongside key web innovators and entrepreneurs in a powerful campaign to take on these telecom giants. Please join us now so we can do this.

What are the big cell phone giants trying to stop?

  1. In June, we won a new CRTC Code of Conduct for Cell Phone service that effectively ends restrictive three-year contracts, caps data roaming fees, and makes it easier to switch to a new provider.1

  2. Then, just days ago in response to our Demand Choice campaign, Industry Minister Paradis set out new rules to stop Big Telecom from taking over key affordable independent mobile options from Canadians.2

After vigilance by Canadians from all walks of life, policy-makers are finally starting to fix our broken telecom market. The old giant telecom providers had a chance to listen, but instead they’re taking Canada to court with hopes to delay safeguards until nearly 2017!

The Big Three cell phone giants will do whatever it takes to lock Canadians into a future of poor service and ever-higher fees. Will you stand with us now so we can fight back before they pull the rug out from under us?

Thank you for your continued support.

Steve, on behalf of your OpenMedia.ca team

P.S. OpenMedia.ca is a non-profit organization that relies on contributions from people like you to stand up for choice and affordability for cell phone and Internet service. Please consider joining us today.

 

Footnotes

[1] New CRTC wireless rules ban contract break fees after two years. Source: CBC News

[2] OpenMedia.ca calls new Industry Canada framework a welcome step, but clear action required to give Canadians access to affordable mobile service. Source: Press release