After thousands of Canadians and public interest groups decried the original takeover attempt, the CRTC denied the deal, saying that Bell had not proven the takeover would benefit the broadcasting system or be in the public interest. So Bell came back with a slightly watered-down version of its original proposal to take over Astral, which included dividing some assets up with Shaw, another one of Canada’s largest media and telecom conglomerates. Read more »
The CMF was designed to provide broadcasters with public funding to promote new and innovative Canadian content in a way that levels the playing field and reflects the rapidly changing media landscape. But rather than being used to encourage media innovation, it appears that a whole bunch of CMF funding is going to help Bell further cement its power over Canada’s media system. Read more »
The CRTC is holding a public hearing in response to Bell—Canada’s largest telecom and media conglomerate—once again attempting to take over Astral Media. Bell has come back with a slightly watered-down version of its original proposal to take over Astral, which includes dividing some assets up with Shaw, another one of Canada’s largest media and telecom conglomerates. Read more »
Today is the LAST DAY to push back against Bell's attempt to control more of our communication sources! Bell's power grab for Astral Media would mean less choice for Canadians. We stopped this deal before, so let's raise our voices again. Submit your comments TODAY by 5pm PST (8pm EST) to make your voice heard: http://StoptheTakeover.ca/
A satirical video from Extremely Decent Films about “honesty” in the telecommunications industry went viral this weekend. A number of our community members took a stand and shared the video in order to help spread the word about our lack of choice for Internet, cell phones, and cable.
***Disclaimer: The video contains some swearing, so please be aware before watching.***Read more »