Opening the Internet

Getting Involved: How you can support
net neutrality in Canada
An open, neutal Internet has become an essential part of citizenship in the 21st Century. Innovations such as XML and the practices of Web 2.0 have made it possible for citizens to create their own media, ask their own questions, and raise their own arguments in a highly democratic fashion. But big telecom companies in Canada are threatening this democratic space in the interest of profit by controlling network traffic in a way that benefits their own interests, and leaves the rest of us to struggle against slower, more unreliable connections. We call this “throttling,” and there’s a few key steps you can take to help stop it and protect online democracy. Independent newspapers, citizen journalists, and community-based filmmakers help make our country one of the most culturally exciting in the world. Many of these artists rely on the open Internet, as it provides an arena for expression that brings people together to create and innovate. By supporting these creators, and becoming one yourself, you can respond directly to ISPs by posting blogs, videos, articles, or even just tweeting about the importance of the Internet in promoting democratic expression in Canada.

3. Keep yourself educated:
Across the province, organizations and people committed to defending our Internet are researching the issues, and doing their best to distribute information to the public. Many schools and non-profit groups even o er programs that give young people a chance to talk about the importance of digital media in their daily lives. Finding these groups helps you understand what’s happening with Internet policy. For a listing of communitybased media education organizations, and for more information on, see “Getting Involved: Who to Talk To.”

1. Influence policy makers:
The Canadian media system, including the Internet, is regulated by the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) . They have the power to put rules in place that forbid ISPs from managing network content and traffic. By sending emails and letters to the CRTC through groups like and SaveOurNet. ca, by contacting your local Member of Parliament, and by supporting media rights organizations that lobby the government, you can stand up for net neutrality!

2. Get to know your local media, and make your own content:
Even in the Lower Mainland, there is an incredibly vibrant media community.

We wouldn’t let anyone restrict our right to ask questions during an election. Don’t let your voice go unheard online. Defend net neutrality, defend the democratic Internet.

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