Bell stoops to a new low

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Recently, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced it was lowering wholesale infrastructure-access rates paid to Big Telecom by smaller competitors, in order to bring more affordable broadband service to Canada.1

Bell responded by punishing Canada's rural communities, removing 200,000 households from its planned broadband expansion.2

As long as Big Telecom controls the Internet in Canada, the telecom lobby will continue to pressure... the CRTC and keep broadband prices sky-high. Will you donate to help call out the Big Three's underhanded tactics?

We've been fighting for years to achieve affordable broadband for all in Canada, but Big Telecom keeps pushing back.

Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for Internet—and we have some of the slowest service. Nearly 20% of the country, especially rural and indigenous communities, can't afford or lack access to a minimum of 50 Mbps download speed broadband, which is barely enough to send email.3

Last year, Bell announced its program to expand broadband access to rural Canada, but now the largest member of the Big Three seems intent on using the program as a bargaining chip to stop the CRTC from touching its profit margin.

Just days after the CRTC announced its decision to make broadband more affordable, Bell said it would drop its investment in rural broadband infrastructure by one-fifth.4

The message from Bell is clear: Do anything to challenge our Internet oligopoly, and we'll punish the people of Canada.

That's why OpenMedia is working to put the Big Three's profit-gouging front and center during the upcoming elections. We're calling them out big-time to make sure that the voices of our communities are heard.

Will you donate to bring affordable broadband Internet access to all of Canada?


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

[1] Good news for Internet affordability, as CRTC lowers wholesale broadband Internet rates: OpenMedia
[2] CRTC wholesale decision impacting investment in rural broadband networks: BCE
[3] The State of Broadband Connectivity in Canada’s Rural and Remote Regions: Internet Society
[4] Good news for Internet affordability, as CRTC lowers wholesale broadband Internet rates: OpenMedia


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