New threat to Net Neutrality

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Even though Net Neutrality is the law in Canada, the chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) called for “flexibility” in how it's enforced late last year.1

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Now that the Telecommunications Act is under review, the telecom industry and the CRTC have the perfect opportunity to weaken Net Neutrality regulations. And Technology and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has left the door open for Net Neutrality rules that allow that kind of wiggle room, or “flexibility.”2

To protect Net Neutrality, we're helping to mobilize a powerful constituency that all MPs care about: businesses. Will you chip in to help fund the organizers and outreach to this key new ally?

Yes, I'll make a donation to help organize businesses and save net neutrality.

To understand the dangers of a Net Neutrality-free Internet, one has only to look to our south. The ISPs in the US are taking full advantage of the repeal of Net Neutrality. Comcast has slowed down video streaming and created a paid Internet fast lane.3 AT&T is zero-rating television access through its cell service—and shutting out non-AT&T customers.4 A new research study proved that video streaming has been throttled across the board since the repeal.5

Bell, Rogers, and Telus want that kind of freedom to have full control over what we see and do online. They're lobbying hard to gut Net Neutrality in the Telecommunications Act review—and it seems they have an ally in the CRTC.

Minister Bains is a central figure in the Telecommunications Act review, and we need to get him on board right away.

One key part of our strategy to pressure Minister Bains is to reach out to business owners—especially of small businesses—and amplify their voices. Small businesses count on free and open access to the Internet, because otherwise they would lose to big corporate competitors. They know that if ISPs dump small businesses into an Internet slow lane, they are done for. And we've already signed up more than 600 businesses to our open letter.

Even more importantly, no politician wants to be seen as opposing businesses, so bringing this influential constituency on board will be pivotal to our success.

Will you chip in to help stop this threat to net neutrality?

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Yours for the free and open Internet,
Rodrigo, and the whole team at OpenMedia

Footnotes:
[1] Ian Scott to the annual conference of the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications: Government of Canada
[2] Net Neutrality: Government of Canada
[3] Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams: Ars Technica
[4] AT&T's WatchTV Is the First Streaming Service for the Post-Net Neutrality World: Gizmodo
[5] New research shows that, post net neutrality, internet providers are slowing down your streaming: News @ Northeastern

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