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Friday, July 8, 2016
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre today filed the attached part I application regarding Quebec Bill 74, Loi concernant principalement la mise en oeuvre de certaines dispositions du discours sur le Budget du 26 mars 2015 and blocking of certain websites associated with online gambling.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Exempting some content from data caps hurts innovation and competition and ultimately, all consumers
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The essential nature of the internet was all but confirmed by the CRTC, but work is still needed towards affordability and access
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
PIAC continues to push for stronger regulations for payday loans, and a certain identity for the financial planning/advice industry
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
As Canada makes the jump to fibre-to-the-home speeds, you won’t have to rely on just the big three as providers
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) expressed disappointment in the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) new policy framework for local and community television issued today. “The Commission had an opportunity to create space and growth for communities – especially marginalized communities – who wanted to operate stations which would reflect their needs and values,” said Alysia Lau, Legal Counsel at PIAC. “Instead, this decision has made it harder for any independent community group to find its footing in a system dominated by the television providers. We’re going to see less ‘community’ in community TV.”
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
PIAC, on behalf of other advocacy organizations, released a poll of Manitobans showing high levels of concern with the proposed takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) by BCE Inc. (BCE).
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Consumer Choice Coalition encouraged by Cabinet decision to deny Bell Canada’s request to overturn important network sharing decision.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Consumers' Association of Canada (CAC) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) hailed CRTC decisions today that create a simple rule: consumers should never have to pay cancellation fees after terminating telecommunications or broadcasting services or switching providers.
Keep up to date with current issues that may concern you

It’s Time to Make the Internet Affordable for All Giving affordable access to essential services is one of the cornerstones to building opportunity for low income Canadians. Currently, there is a question about whether broadband internet is an essential service, like electricity and heat. The CRTC is holding a “Review of Basic Telecommunications Service” proceeding (which we here at PIAC call the “Basic Service” hearing) to decide this question. Click here to read more.

Skinny Basic TV Comes to Town As of March 1st, 2016, all subscription TV (cable, IPTV, satellite) providers in Canada will have to offer a ‘skinny basic’ package, and the option to add on, at least, smaller packages of up to 10 channels or, at their option, à la carte pricing of channels – known as “pick and pay” (true pick and pay for all TV service providers will be required in December 2016). Click here to read more.



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