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We’re meeting with Minister Bains and want to take your voices with us — what should we tell him?

Next week our Executive Director, Laura Tribe, is meeting in person with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to talk about Canada’s broken wireless market and the need for a national broadband strategy. Tell us what you want us to tell him!

On Wednesday, May 9, our Executive Director, Laura Tribe, will be meeting in person with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains to talk about Canada’s broken wireless market and the need for a national broadband strategy.

And we want to know what YOU want us to tell him!

For the past couple years you’ve been by our side to demand lower cell phone bills for Canadians. Yet, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) recent decision to shut down Wi-Fi based MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) like Sugar Mobile, has left Canadians with more of the same: not enough mobile choices in the market to bring relief to our exorbitant monthly cellphone bills.

This is why we are now ramping up the pressure on Minister Bains  — who has the power to bring more choice to our cell phone market, and lower costs, by overruling the CRTC and mandating access for MVNOs — services that have the ability to compete directly with Bell, Telus, and Rogers.

Canadians pay some of the highest cell phone bills in the world, unlike other countries that have more competitors in the wireless market. Good news is: this meeting with Minister Bains is a great opportunity to help affect the changes we need!

But this meeting goes beyond cell phone bills — this is about the need to ensure EVERYONE in Canada has access to affordable, high-speed, quality Internet, with real choice of providers. So we’ll also be discussing the need for a national broadband strategy to help bridge the digital divide.

So tell us: what is your #1 priority for us to raise with Minister Bains during our meeting?

We want to make sure your voices are heard and that Canadians’ concerns regarding the future of Canada’s Internet is top of mind for the Minister.

Send us an email to [email protected], or use #TellBains on  Twitter

This meeting is a testament that you are making a difference!

We are looking forward to hearing from you — thanks OpenMedia community!