Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for internet and mobile service. It’s only getting worse. The federal government and the CRTC can take steps to lower your bills. Instead, they are protecting Big Telecom’s massive profits.
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Why we need federal action on affordable internet now.
Personal stories from those most affected.
The most recent research on the digital divide in Canada.
Government strategy, caving to big telecom and a lack of leadership.
Big telecom is preventing small ISPs from competing.
Wireless challengers keep failing and we still don’t have MVNOs.
Large telecom companies don’t have the public good in mind.
Subsidies to incumbents aren’t solving the problem.
Municipalities are doing it for themselves with their own connectivity plans.
It’s time for new approaches and a break from the status quo.
“Broadband is a human right, the nervous system of the 21st century. It is far too important to be left up to the whims of monopolists building atop public infrastructure without any commitment to the public interest.”
“ACORN Canada is joining this national Day of Action because of the federal government's complete failure to put people over the profits of the big telecommunication companies during this pandemic.”
“It's time for the CRTC and the government to step up, and the Canadian public to demand better.”
“For far too long, persistently high profit margins and world-leading prices keep us from realizing this potential. The time to adopt a comprehensive solution is long past due.”
“Delays in implementing fair wholesale rates have resulted in consumers subsidizing the huge profits of the largest and most powerful and profitable telecom companies in Canada. The government has stood by and watched this happen at a time when competition and fair pricing for internet is needed more urgently than ever.”
“The pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for greater policy and programmatic response to ensure digital inclusion across Canada.”
“The affordability and accessibility of the internet has never been more critical. More than ever, we are being asked to work, learn and connect online. The lack of meaningful competition in Canada has Canadians paying more and getting less. Government and regulators need to work together to bring in reforms that make the system work for Canadian consumers.”
“Few issues are more important to Canada’s long-term economic and cultural future than digital policy. Once a top government priority, Canada has discouragingly moved away from prioritizing the interests of Canadian consumers and the broader public interest. It is time to hit the reset button.”
“All consumers, but especially low-income Canadians, struggle to afford internet and cellphone connections in an environment made infinitely more difficult by inadequate laws, regulatory capture and market dominance by big companies. The first step is protest, the next is action on all of these barriers.”
“Canadians deserve affordable connectivity, no matter who they are or where they live. We believe in a Canada where network infrastructure investments, affordability and better service innovation co-exist.”
“More than 40% of Canadians households are connected to the internet at substandard speed. When asked why, price remains the main factor. All eyes are turned towards the CRTC to lift its own stay on an important decision to lower rates for Canadians.”
“In the pandemic, the internet has become a lifeline – we can’t afford to have anyone left behind. That’s why we need affordable and complementary access solutions that can reach people where traditional services don’t, and community networks are proving to be a path forward.”
“Cloudwifi is passionate in our belief that the Internet should be classified as an essential utility and all Canadians should have equal access to it, regardless of one's income level. No family should have to choose between paying their Internet bill and putting healthy food on the table.”
“Now more than ever accessible high-speed internet access is a prerequisite for inclusive civic participation in our democracy. It's time for the Government to change course and ensure everyone across this country enjoys access to affordable high speed Internet services.”
“As an educational technology [organization] with the mission to inspire learners to "read for good" - as both lifelong learners and volunteer narrators - our global community relies on internet access. We understand that Canada has some of the most expensive internet in the world, especially in our country's most remote regions.”
“Disparities between education opportunities available for rural and urban youth are perpetuated by a lack of reliable and affordable internet. The Foundation for Rural Youth Empowerment believes all youth should have reliable and affordable internet in order to access quality education opportunities, explore a wide range of subjects and disciplines and connect with youth and mentors across Canada.”
“Imagine these pandemic months without internet, or with slow internet, or having to choose between food, and the high-speed internet you need to keep your job, or your child online with school. This is real life for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Canadians. When Canada’s major city, Toronto, feels it has to jump into the breach, and build its own network to ensure none of its residents have to suffer in this way, we know we have a failed system. It can be fixed. Let’s fix it now!”