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Rogers was officially approved to take control of Mobilicity. This will mean fewer choices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation. Speak out at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers
They’re wasting tax-payer dollars. They’re misleading Canadians. And they’ve become gatekeepers to essential services. We deserve better.
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+Steve Key wow! Try $125 for a pooled 8GB plan and $35 for the second line. That's via Rogers. When I tried Bell or Telus as alternatives, flat out told $250 per month for extra 2GB in data/2 lines.

Agree, cellphone plans are outrageous and equally what's the deal with so much voice when hardly anybody talks anymore? Tired of Bell/Rogers bilking us for their declining TV services via Internet/Cell plans.

Love how "clarity" in billing (Which they are challenging) shows the inescapable hidden fees and fact I pay $20 to subsidize a phone they would not let me buy. Customer loyalty, subsidies clearly indicate "flexibility" but we're a captive audience. The so-called alternates are laughable. Need coverage/non roaming outside city which only Robellus provides.

+Chris Johnston at least the Conservatives have done something. 13 years with Liberals while these technologies rolled out absolutely nothing got done. Aside from big tax breaks, subsidies and mergers granted to the big 3. Nada for the consumer except keeping pay phones alive under $2 per use. The pockets of Liberal party are well lined by Bell. Liberal cronies appointed to CRTC finally got replaced by Harper's cronies. 1st time they finally started listening to public and got some changes rolling. Everyone wanted two years plans, comically led to increased prices. Subsidize phones in 24 opposed to 36 months and who pays?
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Canadians deserve faster, cheaper Internet choices independent of Big Telecom. Even U.S. Bourbon makers at Jim Beam have figured this out, and are calling on THEIR leaders in the U.S. to increase ISP choice. Read about their call below and call on our leaders to do the same in Canada at https://UnblockCanada.ca?src=gplus
The company says it relies on small Internet providers that should be protected by the FCC.
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Rogers, Bell and Shaw have media assets tied to their ISP offerings. Cable is dying so they are simply transferring losses to sustainable services. Does not explain Telus component of the robber barons. They effectively could undercut them all yet lead way in price increases, regressive plans showing proof of a cartel in all services.

The smaller ISP's are not overwhelming cheaper than Bell/Rogers most recent higher speed, unlimited plans. When compared to big US ISP's we are fairly priced and faster except for Fibre. Which is to the door in US but not Canada. Think the folks at Jim Beam need a refill or clean glass to view Canada.
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Being a conservative doesn't mean you have back every piece of legislation created by the Conservative government. That's what Principled Conservative Connie Fournier writes in this poignant piece that looks at how Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles, and how this will become a key election issue. ‪#‎KillC51‬
We must not ignore our important principles just because they are being violated by a Conservative government.
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Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke tried to defend the use of ISIS video in their recent attack ad. He tried. #Harpocrisy
Watch Extended: Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke defends use of ISIS video in recent attack ad Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca
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+Nick Mack Great point!
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Bill C-51 is clearly shaping the upcoming election. A new government could amend or repeal it before the end of this year. Let's keep building opposition to C-51 until October and then let's get it repealed: http://KillC51.ca?src=gplus
Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair and the political and legal ramifications of C-51, the government’s controversial anti-terror act
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Any government so afraid of its citizens and neighbors -- so afraid of the future! -- that it needs "laws" like C-51 ought to have the decency to resign.
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Are wireless prices set to rise further, following Rogers' gobbling-up of Mobilicity?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/mobilicity-deal-could-stick-canadians-with-expensive-cellphone-plans-critics-fear-1.3127692
With one less competitor in the market, critics worry that wireless prices are set to rise despite the federal government's repeated pledges to fight for Canadian cellphone users.
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Prices will increase for Mobilicity customers in time. As they are ported and opted into new phones and +Rogers Communications criminally insane rate plans. Proof a cartel exists if Bell, Telus who are not involved raise prices, lower data or continue to screw us. Telus leads the way in increases while offering no integrated media so that'll be proof positive. Gasp, Wind may be forced to increase taking on more spectrum, upgrading to LTE as reality it costs money to operate sets in.
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On the heels of Mobilicity going under, our own David Christopher reminds us that Canadians are still paying ridiculous rates for a basic everyday telecom service.
This article was originally published at ;Rabble.ca If you're a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don't need an official report to tell you that you're paying way over the odds. A gl
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Duh! Unless government intervenes and states what prices should be there is zero hope. Mobilcity was a joke. This sale will improve WIND's chances at more spectrum and perhaps one-day LTE. Expect their prices to increase as well as it's not free spectrum nor cost to upgrade. Remember they key factor is Wind does not subsidize phone for 2 years. $20 would be my savings according to Rogers yet they'd only give a $10 credit if I brought device. Add the fee which Robellus protests, but is forced to pay. The one supposedly ensuring wireless is deployed to rural regions of Canada. Basically a tax imparted to us all.

Force them to stop selling phones and subsidizing them. So much is wrapped up in this component. Make the consumer pay for phones like they would a computer or appliance. Carriers role is service/content. Basically a utility that can be mandated essential and regulated likely as effective as Hydro. In turn force acceptable rates. Perhaps as percentage over/above cost of operation/upgrades and maintenance - something to further employ number crunchers, civil servants and lobbyists.

Rogers has a credit/bank. The rest can start one or arrange deal with banks and "finance" phones then focus on selling service.
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Canadians are passionate about their fundamental rights to privacy, freedom of expression and access to an open and affordable Internet. We feel privileged to be a part of this national conversation and to serve you, our OpenMedia.ca community. Thank you for your support and happy Canada Day to everyone!
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Even after the bill passed, opposition to C-51 is as high as it's ever been. This reckless legislation is shaping up to be a key election issue. Speak out now to get it repealed at https://killC51.ca?src=gplus
Stephen Harper's controversial anti-terror bill may have proved to be a loser for both the Conservatives and Liberals.
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However we do it Harper has to be gone - we can't afford another round with the Cons - there will be nothing left of our social programs, they will totally privatize the mail service so that they can get rid of another crown corporation.  It's Mulcair's to lose but given his track record of blowing his top and appearing unstable.... I don't think it will be long before the attack ads switch over to the NDP.
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ICYMI: The government's decision to extend the copyright for sound recordings is now law.
The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work. Unfortunately, this law was strictly the product of behind-the-scenes industry lobbying with no broader public consultation or discussion.
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Thank you +Mamawind Wind !
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“If pressed, say nothing” - that was spy agency CSE’s attitude to a key Parliamentary committee that sought to hold them accountable. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cse-says-snowden-leaks-eroding-spy-agency-s-long-term-advantage-over-terrorists-1.3128837
Canada's electronic spy agency says leaks by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have "diminished the advantage" it enjoyed over terrorists and other targets, both in the short term and — of more concern — well into the future.
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Now we learn that even CSIS didn’t want the extreme privacy-undermining measures in Bill C-51. Speak out to now get this bill repealed at http://KillC51.ca?src=gplus
The Conservative government alarmed privacy advocates by overhauling the law to give Canada's spy agency easier access to federal data, even though the spies themselves said greater information-sharing could be done under existing laws, newly released documents show.
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