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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Canadian consumers generally are not aware of and do not understand how information about their online activities is being collected and used. The problem is not that online businesses are unable to obtain consent, but that consumers’ personal information too often is being used without meaningful consent.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
A new report from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) suggests many low income Canadians struggle to afford their communications services, and provides policy suggestions to address this ongoing challenge.
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).
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An Update on Skinny Basic On September 8th, PIAC was invited by the CRTC to represent consumers’ views at a hearing held by the CRTC regarding the ‘skinny basic’ service which was implemented by all Canadian TV providers earlier this year. The hearing looked at the current concerns of consumers as well as the future of television in Canada. 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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