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Paov,

Canadians are fed up with paying some of the highest cell phone bills in the world--while getting frequently awful service.

Now we... have a chance to FINALLY make sure the government is listening.

The B.C. government just announced a public survey about our experiences with Bell, Telus, and Rogers.1 What’s more exciting is that B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said he intends to use the survey results to urge the federal government to improve cell phone affordability across Canada.2 And the B.C. government has specifically invited OpenMedia to join in the consultation!

This is a fantastic opportunity for our community’s voices to be heard, and we’re planning a major grassroots campaign push to generate survey responses urging the government to lower cell phone bills and increase billing transparency. But if we don’t reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 in June, we might be forced to pull the plug on this entire project.

Will you chip in to help support our campaign? All donations will be MATCHED by a generous donor.

Let’s be honest: politicians may say they’re in favor of lowering cell phone costs, but they certainly aren’t doing much about it.

Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains has been publicly talking for years about opening up Canada’s market to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), which would increase competition and lower prices, but it still hasn’t happened.3

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered the Big Three to come up with new low-cost cell plans -- and when the plans finally appeared, they were actually more expensive per gigabyte than the old plans.4 And yet the CRTC did nothing.

It’s time for real action, and now we have the chance to make that happen.

OpenMedia has been ramping up public pressure on how the Big Three’s monopoly is ripping off Canadians, and now the B.C. government is on board. Our plan is to drive hundreds of thousands of responses to the B.C. government’s survey, so there is no way that the federal government can ignore us — especially in an election year.

But right now, our resources are stretched thin across campaigns that are fighting the Internet Tax, working against efforts to weaken Net Neutrality, and more. If we’re going to take on this opportunity in British Columbia, we need to meet our fundraising goal for the month. The good news is that a generous donor has offered to DOUBLE every donation received.

Will you chip in to help support our campaign to make the government listen and lower our cell phone bills? Your donation will be DOUBLED by a generous donor.

YOUR DONATION DOUBLED

For the Internet,
Marie, and the whole team at OpenMedia

Footnotes:
[1] Cell Phone Billing Transparency: British Columbia
[2] Sick of cellphone contracts? The B.C. government wants to hear from you: CBC
[3] Proposed new CRTC rule changes could lead to cheaper wireless plans, upstarts say: CBC
[4] Canada’s new low-cost cell phone plans? ‘A joke,’ expert says: Global News

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