There is one thing that this year's candidates can promise that can have a noticeable impact on our wallets: the cost of telecommunications services that Canadians need to access the digital economy.
The B.C. government has announced its plan to improve customer protections for cell phone users and it could result in much-needed, groundbreaking changes.
If Canada is to remain at the forefront of innovation and freedom, we need a robust net neutrality framework that doesn't benefit those with deep pockets and vested interests.
Why are we stuck paying sky-rocketing bills while Big Telecom's narrative is all about increased investment and providing quality service?
Big Telecom's proposed low data plans are a slap in the face. If the CRTC thinks that this is the solution to wireless affordability that Canada is hungry for, it has clearly not been listening.
In Canada we pay some of the highest prices for cell phone services in the industrialized world. This makes it a lot harder for many people to access the internet and its benefits.
If AT&T is allowed to buy Time Warner, it will form an enormous, "vertically integrated" company that controls a vast pool of content and how people access that content.
The CRTC recently announced a public consultation that represents the best chance in decades to finally give Canadians relief from oppressive data caps.
All eyes were on Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains as he weighed whether to give Bell an effective monopoly over fibre Internet services in Canada. It was a landmark decision with big implications.
Whether it's ensuring affordable Internet access, safeguarding our online privacy, or protecting free expression, this election will shape our digital future for the coming decades.