Thousands sign online petition condemning CRTC decision on higher internet rates


OpenMedia describes the telecom and broadcast regulator’s May 27 ruling as a “blatant attack on affordability and choice”

by Charlie Smith

NOW Toronto

June 13, 2021

An Ottawa-based digital-rights group says that a federal regulator is the “biggest barrier to an affordable internet in Canada.”

In an online petition, OpenMedia claimed that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) “just screwed Canadians” by allowing large companies like Bell and Rogers to revert back to “oppressively high 2016 [wholesale] rates.”

The petition, which has attracted more than 23,000 signatures, calls on the federal cabinet to overrule the CRTC.

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