Before the election, CBC helped highlight that Canadians pay some of the highest cell bills in the world, with average monthly plans floating around $40 to $100 range, and the Liberals made a promise to reduce the cell phone bills by 25 percent. Our internet costs are prohibitive as well. Big Telecom has been gouging people in Canada for far too long and change is long overdue. Election promises are often broken if there is not enough of a campaign to hold the elected officials accountable. So if you were excited by the promise of more affordable internet and mobile plans, click through to read more about the campaigns of these groups and get involved.
- ACORN Canada: Over the past few years, ACORN members have been fighting for Internet for All. Victories have included $10/month home internet for residents of Toronto Community Housing with Rogers and a $10/month home internet pilot for single parents in B.C. with TELUS. Along with ally organizations, ACORN driving force in the historic CRTC declaration that internet access is a basic right.
- Open Media: Open Media has been an important part of the campaign to demand affordable internet. When the Liberals made the promise to cut mobile plan costs, they raised questions about how vague the promise was. They are building a campaign to continue to build public pressure for change. Right now they are collecting your horror stories about internet and mobile costs and building a campaign to demand affordable internet for all.
- Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC): PIAC is a non-profit organization and charity that provides legal and research services on behalf of consumer interests. They are tracking consumer complaints and demanding affordable internet for all, as well.
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