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New Pick-and-Pay rules will mean added flexibility, but still forces Canadians to pay for Big Telecom channels they don’t want

Canadians will be able to pick and choose which TV channels they want to purchase, beyond a slimmed-down basic package. However, the new rules won’t come fully into force until December 2016.

Tabish continued: “Telecom giants have been coddled for long enough, and its time for them to stand on their own feet after all the subsidies they’ve received. Canadians have been price-gouged for too long, and we’ll continue pushing for sensible rules to allow every Canadian to access publicly-funded media without needing to pay for commercial channels they don’t want.”

Some of the new rules will go into effect by March 2016, with full pick-and-pay not coming into effect until December 2016.

Canadians can learn more about OpenMedia’s Connected Canada crowdsourcing project at


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