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OpenMedia.ca Supports Call to Stop Internet Price Hike

Over the past months, independent ISPs have come forward and demonstrated their issues with the new costing; OpenMedia.ca supports their call for a review of it.

“Big telecom companies appear to have convinced the CRTC to include punitive and greatly inflated costs in the new Internet pricing model,” says OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson.

“Even with the model that we—Canadians, small businesses, and public interest groups—pushed for, higher prices for infrastructure access will force many small, independent ISPs to either pass new costs onto their customers or go out of business.”

Through OpenMedia.ca’s online tool, which can be found at http://openmedia.ca/hike, Canadians are asking for “a transparent review of Big Telecom’s rates.”

Many reports state that Canadians already pay some of the highest prices for Internet access in the industrialized world. Government and the CRTC have come under pressure to improve the nation’s standing.

About OpenMedia.ca

OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that safeguards the open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed & participatory digital policy.

OpenMedia.ca empowers people to participate in Internet governance through fresh & engaging citizens’ campaigns. They are known for coordinating Stop The Meter, the largest online campaign in Canadian history, involving over half-a-million people.

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Contact

Lindsey Pinto
Communications Manager, OpenMedia.ca
778-238-7710
[email protected]

Background: Links

OpenMedia.ca: Pro-Internet Group Comes Out Against “Back Door Rate Hikes” as ISP raises prices
http://openmedia.ca/news/pro-internet-group-comes-out-against-%E2%80%9Cb...

OpenMedia.ca: Regulators pull back from usage-based billing after half-a-million Canadians speak out
http://openmedia.ca/news/regulators-pull-back-usage-based-billing-after-...

Globe and Mail: CRTC will rescind ‘unlimited use’ Internet decision – or Ottawa will overturn it http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/crtc-will-rescind-unlimited...

OpenMedia.ca: Wireless service complaints on the rise in Canada... but so are Big Telecom profits
http://openmedia.ca/blog/wireless-service-complaints-rise-canada-so-are-...

OpenMedia.ca: A step forward: CRTC to look into competition in Internet metering proceedings
http://openmedia.ca/blog/step-forward-crtc-look-competition-internet-met...

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