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Media Advisory and Backgrounder: Affordable Access Coalition Regarding Upcoming CRTC Decision on Basic Telecommunications Services

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
PIAC outlines the position of the “Affordable Access Coalition” in preparation for the upcoming CRTC decision on a review of basic telecommunications services.

#WCRD2017: Building an Affordable Digital World For Everyone

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Tomorrow is World Consumer Rights Day 2017, Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust. Organized by Consumers International, of which PIAC is a member, this year’s WCRD theme is consumer digital rights, including one of four key digital issues—“access and choice” to high-speed internet. Broadband access, however, is almost impossible to discuss without addressing the affordability of broadband internet. At PIAC, we ask, “How do we build a digital world that is affordable for everyone?”

Public interest and consumer groups applaud CRTC’s internet access decision, look forward to more work on affordability

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
“The CRTC seized an important opportunity to make sure all Canadians, regardless of where they live can have access to the same standard of internet service that most Canadians already have”, said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel at PIAC. “Although we believe more work is needed to address affordability, we are hopeful the CRTC’s submissions on affordability to the federal government, and its commitment to monitoring affordability, will eventually result in more support for low-income Canadians.”

It’s Time to Make the Internet Affordable for All

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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.

All Canadians should have fast, affordable internet access

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Affordable Access Coalition tells CRTC that all Canadians entitled to at least 5 Mbps today and 25 Mbps by 2020, and proposes subsidies to achieve those goals

Improving Internet Access: The Canadian Approach

Friday, April 30th, 1999
Paper for “Computers, Freedom and Privacy: The Global Internet”

Achieving Universal Access to the Information Highway

Friday, October 30th, 1998
I would like to begin by commending GILC and the organizers of this conference on broadening the focus of our discussion beyond traditional concepts of free speech, liberty and fundamental human rights, and including the more difficult, but equally important and relevant issues of access, privacy and consumer protection.

Summer Newsletter: Affordability and Accountability

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
‘Passing the buck’ on affordability for internet hasn’t gotten us closer to helping low-income consumers.

CRTC asked to reconsider affordability subsidy

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), ACORN Canada (ACORN) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) today jointly filed an application to review and vary the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) “Review of basic telecommunications” decision to reconsider a fund to ensure all Canadians, including lower-income Canadians, have equal access to broadband and other telecommunications services. “The CRTC missed a crucial opportunity to level the playing field so that all Canadians, regardless of their socio-economic status, can have access to the same standard of internet and telephone service that the CRTC said all must have”, said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel at PIAC. “We must ask, therefore, on behalf of Canada’s least well-off, for the CRTC to use their mandate and authority to create an affordability fund.”

Summer 2016 Newsletter: Basically Broadband

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
The essential nature of the internet was all but confirmed by the CRTC, but work is still needed towards affordability and access
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