Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cell Phone Price Gouging

The first thing I saw in my inbox this morning was from Open Media about outrageous cell phone bills:

The CBC's Marketplace just released a revealing report called “Canada's Worst Cell Phone Bill” that finds damning evidence that Canadians are being unfairly gouged by big phone and cable companies.  
One person was charged over $15,000 for a data service that experts say cost the provider only $4.
Bell Canada and others are copying this unfair and outrageous billing model, and applying it to Internet use. 
The CBC’s report tells a story that could mobilize Canadians that are fed up with being gouged. 
As a federal election looms, we have a unique moment to send a message to decision makers in Ottawa.
We need to reach half-a-million petition signers to make big telecom price gouging an election issue. We’re almost there and you can help by taking the steps below:
 Step 1. Share the CBC video clip using FacebookTwitter, and/or Email. 
Step 2. Share our petition on FacebookTwitter, and Email. Our Stop the Meter petition is an undeniable symbol of Canadian opposition to the predatory practices of Big Telecom. 
Everyshare helps. 
With your help we’ve had great success: getting all the political parties on our side, forcing the CRTC to review its UBB rules, and even forcing the CRTC to open its closed-door meetings 
But we need to do more to take on the key structural issues that enable phone and cable companies to repeatedly gouge Canadians with impunity. 
Clearly new telecom fees are about padding big telecoms bottom line at the expense of our personal and family budgets. OpenMedia.ca has learned that Bell’s CEO has even admitted that applying usage-based billing is really about the telecom giant “monetizing” the increase in online video usage.
Many of you have dealt with the cold, unaccountable, labyrinth of bureaucracy that is big phone and cable company customer service. Stop The Meter has become a rallying cry against this mistreatment of Canadians. 
This is not just about consumer choice; it’s also about basic human decency and self-determination.
If we don't succeed in making this an election issue, the opportunity could slip through our fingers and we'll be fighting over Internet bills like many do with phone bills now.
Help us get half-a-million Canadians against a metered Internet so we can get public officials on record during the election. You can count on us to be there after the election to hold their feet to the fire.    
Please share the  CBC video clip using FacebookTwitter, and Email.
Let’s keep the pressure on. 
The OpenMedia.ca Tea 
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Here's the full  CBC Marketplace video

More resources 
Couple's huge huge bills unexplained by Bell
BCE CEO Cope Says UBB Accounts for Almost All Internet Revenue Gains
Why we fight (for the Internet)
CRTC opens up invitation-only meeting

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