Screwed by Rogers, Telus, and Bell

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Paov,

People in Canada pay some of the highest cell phone rates in the world for subpar service—all thanks to the Big Three companies that control the market: Bell, Telus, and Rogers.1

Even worse, the Big Three defied a direct order from the Canadian government by announcing new plans that offer even less data for more money than they were charging before.2

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Enough is enough. We're collecting the horror stories of real people struggling with sky-high cell phone bills and lousy service. Then we're going to plaster them on ads in major cities—so that Parliament can't ignore them. Will you chip in to help fund this campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in to help pay for ads calling out the Big Three's price gouging.

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Canada already pays more per gigabyte than nearly anyone else in the world. In fact, we pay 24 times more for our data than people in Europe!3

Think about the student who can't keep up with school work because their data plan is too slow. Or the mom who has to choose between her utility bill and her cell phone payment. Or the father working two jobs who still can't afford cell phone service.

These are the kind of horror stories people in Canada experience on a daily basis due to the lack of competition in a market vastly dominated by Bell, Telus, and Rogers.

And now the Big Three have announced new "low-cost" plans that limit customers to one gigabyte a month for $25—that's five times more expensive than plans the telecom giants were offering just two years ago.4 And the data is at 3G speeds, barely enough to send an email.5

But we have a golden opportunity right now to finally get a fair deal for Canada. We're pressuring Parliament to allow Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) into the market to break up the Big Three's monopoly and bring real competition to lower prices. So far, the Big Three's lobby has kept MVNOs out of the market, which is why we've launched this ad campaign.

To make sure MPs are constantly reminded of how the Big Three are hurting their constituents, we've built a tool to collect personal stories from all of you who are being harmed by Big Telecom's price-gouging schemes. Then we'll amplify these everyday Canadian voices with a massive ad campaign about MVNOs that MPs can't overlook.

We can stop the monopoly of Bell, Telus, and Rogers and get the low-cost plans we're owed, but we can't do it without your help.

Will you chip in to call out the Big Three and bring in MVNOs to lower prices in Canada's cell phone market?

Yours in the fight to stop the Big Three,
Marie, and the whole team at OpenMedia

Footnotes:
[1] Your phone plan is too expensive, eh: Capilano Courier
[2] Canada’s new low-cost cell phone plans? ‘A joke,’ expert says: Global News
[3] New Research Shows Why the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Could Be a Disaster for Your Wallet: Gizmodo
[4] Canada’s new low-cost cell phone plans? ‘A joke,’ expert says: Global News
[5] Cell phone plans in Vancouver, BC: WhistleOut

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