Huge election news (for the Internet)

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Paov,

THIS IS HUGE: The Liberal Party just joined the New Democrats and the Greens in pledging to lower wireless and home Internet bills ahead of next month's federal election.1

That means three out of Canada's four major national parties have signed on to one of the key planks of our pro-Internet campaign platform!2

This is proof that our pro-Internet campaign strategy is working.... Politicians know that people in Canada are sick and tired of paying too much for lousy Internet access. They know that we're sick of Rogers, Telus, and Bell having a stranglehold on Canada's telecom market.

Only the conservatives haven't come out for lower prices, and we've got a plan to get them on board as well — so that no matter who wins, we'll be able to get real results after the election.

Will you donate to help keep Canada's Internet open and cell service affordable this election year?

OpenMedia has made strides for an open, fair net in the past few years, including pushing the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to declare high-speed Internet as a basic service for everyone in Canada.3

But Canada still pays some of the highest prices in the world for Internet and cell phone service. Big Telecom continues to keep smaller providers out of the market, barring us from better prices and better service. Border patrol is searching our digital devices without a warrant. And facial-recognition surveillance is becoming widespread throughout the country.

This election, we're showing candidates that voters take their digital rights seriously and want to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free.

With three major political parties on record as being in favor of either breaking up the Big Three's monopoly or mandating lower costs, our message is already breaking through.

But we've still got work to do for a free and open net, and the telecoms will fight us every step of the way.

Our best chance to get politicians to commit to supporting an open, affordable, and surveillance-free Internet is now — before the election, when they are trying to get votes. But we need to keep the pressure on.

Will you chip in to help demand that every party take a position on the future of Canada's Internet — and then hold them to their promises after October 21st?

DONATE NOW

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

Footnotes:
[1] Canada’s Major Parties Rallying Around Telecom Pricing Issue as Election Nears: The Epoch Times
[2] A Pro-Internet Platform for Our Digital Future: OpenMedia
[3] We won! Internet is a basic service for all Canadians!: OpenMedia


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