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Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order, Canada context.

In significant win for citizens, CRTC framework prevents telecom providers from engaging in discriminatory data pricing practices

April 20, 2017Access
Today’s ruling strengthens Net Neutrality protections by discouraging telecom providers from zero-rating certain apps and services and not others

Josh Tabish

Campaigns Manager
Canada
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 3

After years of secrecy, RCMP finally admits to using mass cell phone surveillance tools on Canadians

April 5, 2017Privacy
Amidst growing controversy, the RCMP says it deployed IMSI-catchers — commonly known as Stingrays — dozens of times in recent years

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Launch of IXmaps Internet Mapping tool enables Canadians to see exactly where their data travels online

March 28, 2017Privacy
Researchers estimate that at least 90% of Canadians’ Internet traffic travels via the U.S., where it is especially vulnerable to NSA surveillance

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Federal Budget promises review of Canadian Internet policies, but disappoints in lack of new investment for Internet infrastructure

March 22, 2017Access
Limited funding to support Internet connectivity for low-income families is welcome, but budget will disappoint those hoping for the government to deliver on CRTC’s call for a National Broadband Strategy

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

As trade ministers gather in Chile, new report reveals why Canadians oppose the TPP and how the government can restore trust in trade processes

March 14, 2017Free Expression
Report crowdsourced from nearly 28,000 people finds that Canadians want to withdraw from the TPP, and ensure real transparency and engagement for future trade deals

Meghan Sali

Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 4

Disappointing CRTC ruling threatens to lock Canadians into a future of high wireless prices

March 1, 2017Access
Today’s decision effectively makes it impossible for Sugar Mobile and other new entrants to compete in a market that continues to be dominated by Bell, Rogers, and Telus

Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist
CANADA, Calgary
Time Zone: -0600 (09:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 5

Vancouver event to examine how local municipalities across Canada are bringing faster, cheaper Internet to their communities

February 23, 2017Access
OpenMedia’s Josh Tabish will deliver a talk about the Connecting Canadian Communities municipal broadband project at event organized by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

#DigiCanCon consultation results show Canadians need affordable Internet access to support Canadian content in the 21st century

February 21, 2017Access
Consultation results demonstrate public opposition to an Internet Tax that would raise monthly bills, deepen our digital divide, and force vulnerable Canadians offline

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Release of first batch of security consultation submissions is big win for transparency, but litmus test will be how government responds

February 15, 2017Privacy
Submissions from 12,156 Canadians have been published online by Public Safety Canada, with remaining submissions expected to be made public in the coming weeks

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Bell’s takeover of MTS will harm middle class consumers and businesses who rely on affordable telecom services

February 15, 2017Access
Merger will result in higher telecom costs in one of the few provinces with affordable rates, reinforcing calls to encourage competition by structurally separating the networks

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0700 (08:54 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1