Your voice, DELIVERED: OpenMedia community speaks out 50,000+ times demanding Cabinet reverse the CRTC’s Internet price hikes!
This week, we delivered 33k petition signatures alongside 17k more community emails sent calling on Ministers to undo the CRTC’s 2021 wholesale rates ruling.
Back in August the CRTC significantly cut down the rates for what Big Telecom can charge smaller providers for network access. As a result, a handful of smaller Internet service providers are already passing that benefit on to their customers.
"As TekSavvy customers settle in to lowered bills and Bell customers prepare for their increase on February 1, a new battle for affordable Internet access is happening right under our noses: the price of next generation, ultra-high speed fibre Internet."
Bell is raising Internet prices in Ontario and Quebec by $5, as their smaller competitor TekSavvy lowers its rates
Last week, Canada’s federal court handed down a ruling that media outlets across the country reported as having significant implications for Canadian Internet users. While the headlines have tended to focus on the threats to users’ privacy, and the possibility of U.S.-style lawsuits over alleged infringement coming to Canada, the real-world consequences may turn out to be much less dramatic, as new rules proposed by the court bode well for Canadians. This past June, we alerted our community to legal action being taken against indie ISP TekSavvy by media giant Voltage Pictures. The company claimed that approximately 2000 TekSavvy customers had allegedly violated copyright by downloading movies Voltage held the rights to.