BREAKING: Cheaper Internet

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BREAKING NEWS: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) just announced they’re slashing the wholesale rates that small internet service providers (ISPs) pay for access to the networks of large ISPs like Bell, Telus or Shaw.1-3

This is a huge win for Internet users across Canada. It will increase competition with more small ISPs able to enter the market, and lead to cheaper home Internet options for customers.4


It’s no secret that Canadians have been paying too much for their Internet for way too long, and today’s decision is proof that Big Telecom has been holding the market hostage, gouging smaller providers for years.

These new rates bring us one step closer to seeing more affordable Internet available through a wider choice of providers.

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The OpenMedia community has been fighting for more competition, and to stop price gouging by Big Telecom for years.5-6 Today’s landmark decision proves we’re making progress, but we need to keep up the pressure!

Today’s decision is a big step in the right direction, but doesn’t include super-fast fibre Internet, nor cell phone data plans.7

It also comes at a critical time. Over the past few months the CRTC has sent some signals it may open up the cell phone market to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), enabling cheaper cell phone plans from independent providers, much like independent ISPs.4

And now, in the run up to the Federal Election, more and more politicians are starting to talk about how cell phone prices are outrageously high, giving us a real chance to shake up the status quo.8-9

Donate now to help us keep up the pressure in the run up to the Federal Election.

Thanks for all that you do,
Rodrigo at OpenMedia

[1] Telecom Order CRTC 2019-288 (CRTC)
[2] CRTC sets final wholesale rates for access to high-speed broadband networks (Mobile Syrup)
[3] CRTC Lowers Wholesale Broadband Internet Rates to Promote Competition (iPhone in Canada)
[4] Proposed new CRTC rule changes could lead to cheaper wireless plans, upstarts say (CBC)
[5] Our crowdsourced policy became government policy. The CRTC heard your call, Canada. (OpenMedia)
[6] Huge win for Canadians, as Minister Bains rejects Bell Canada’s attempt to block small providers from ultra-fast Fibre Internet (OpenMedia)
[7] For more detailed information on this decision and what it means for Internet access in Canada, see our blog post:
[8] Singh making pitch for more affordable cell, internet services (CTV)
[9] Green Party of Canada pledges for affordable cellphone, internet prices (Mobile Syrup)


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