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Telcos want control of the Internet. Together we can still stop them.

Time is running out to protect the Internet as we know it.

Today is a day to rally. A day to talk, to reach out and especially to act.

It’s the last chance to fight to keep fair and equal access to the Internet. The day we exercise our freedom of speech to maintain the same right online. The day we hold high the principle of common carriage; the principal that service providers must serve the general public without discrimination. A principle that started with blacksmiths, innkeepers and ship owners and is today part of our social contracts with public airlines, railroads, buses, taxicabs, freight and phone companies and yes, Internet service providers. The latter, because as Public Knowledge said so succinctly:

“Networks are so vital to the functioning of society that the maintenance of such networks cannot be left to the market solely.”

Click to join the fight to maintain net neutrality protections before the FCC enacts its new anti-net neutrality plansThe Internet is the world’s principal source of information. We deserve access to all lawful content unedited, unfiltered, uncensored, unfettered. We want real journalism, not an echo chamber. We want to hear all voices, not only the ones who’ve paid to speak.

We don’t want a two-tiered system controlling online communication. We are not alone.

At Tucows, Ting’s parent company, we believe the Internet is the greatest agent for positive change the world has even seen. We are thrilled and humbled by what can be achieved when billions of people have access to information and a vehicle to communicate, collaborate and co-create. We are increasingly wary of large corporations that are willing to compromise customer experiences and impede progress to protect market share. We are similarly concerned about politicians that legislate on the Internet without truly understanding the world they are affecting.

So today we ask you to join our voice to protect the open Internet, by asking the FCC to preserve net neutrality. It’s easy. We promise.

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Introducing the $130 Moto E4 – Available now in the Ting Shop

Unboxing the Moto E4

 

We like a lot of what Moto has been doing. It’s an opinion based on having tried and tested out more phones from more manufacturers than we care to count. We like the ethos behind Moto E so we were excited to get our hands on the Moto E4.

Budget phones too often come up wanting. While you’re obviously letting go of premium build quality and features in staying under the $150 mark, the Moto E line has always impressed on price vs. performance.

We took the Moto E (2nd gen) for an extended test drive and, even stepping straight down from the flagship Nexus 6P, we were impressed.

The latest Moto E is the Moto E4 and it’s available in the Ting Shop now for $129.

Kajeet customers: $35 credit + $25 for each additional phone you bring to Ting

Choice is the upside of competition. Today we have more choice in cell phone providers… though we had slightly more yesterday. Family-focused carrier Kajeet has decided to shut down its phone service to instead focus on its Internet efforts.

That leaves a number of Kajeet customers making plans for where to take their phone service.

May we present Ting as the most — arguably the only — logical choice for anyone that liked Kajeet’s kids and family focus.

In short: You can bring your Kajeet phones and numbers to Ting and be up and running in minutes. No contracts or BS. Here, you’ll get powerful tools that put you in control.

Displaced Kajeet customers: we think you’ll really like Ting. We’re happy to offer you $35 to get started with one phone. We’ll also credit your account an additional $25 for each additional phone you add to your Ting account. For a family with four phones for example, that’s $110 in Ting credit. Ting credit is automatically applied to your Ting bill total and doesn’t expire.

The average Ting bill is just $23 a month per phone on an account.

How do the changes to net neutrality affect MVNOs like Ting?

Ask an Exec is back!

A little over a month ago, we asked our Facebook community to leave a burning question for the Ting executive team. After selecting some of the best comments, we put Ting CEO Elliot Noss on the hot seat to respond!

The first question of our brand new batch comes from Enoch L, who wonders how the changes to net neutrality will affect MVNOs like Ting.

Wireless competition in Canada?!

Canadians shoulder among the highest cost for mobile phone service in the developed world.

The Canadian mobile service market has been divvied up between the “big three” wireless companies; Rogers, Bell and Telus. Collectively and colloquially known as Robelus. Yes here in Canada, our oligopolies are so entrenched that they have cute, short-hand names. “Value” wireless brands like Chatr, Public, Koodo—all owned by the big three— only serve to create the illusion of choice.

Back in 2014, the CRTC, Canada’s regulatory body for all things telecommunications, opted not to force the incumbents into offering service to “mobile virtual network operators” (MVNOs). It deemed that the quasi-competition seen in the Canadian mobile market, wholly dominated by three major carriers, was sufficient. It pointed to a far distant fourth carrier, then Wind Mobile now Freedom Mobile, as a panacea for what ails Canadian mobile customers.

In short, it’s not a terribly vibrant competitive landscape.

We’ve spoken often and at length about how much we’d like to offer service in Canada. Canada is home not just to our headquarters but also to the majority of our workforce. The anti-competitive mobile market has never offered an opening.

What we can do about the FCC’s vote to roll back net neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announces decision to rollback Title II classification
Last week in Washington D.C., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 2-1 to rollback net neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act. In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), it’s proposed that the Title II classification be superseded by new regulations.

Currently, Title II makes it illegal for an Internet service provider (ISP) to block or slow down websites for consumers. Net neutrality advocates fear that without these laws in place, larger companies may harm consumers and startups with fast-lanes/throttling and bundled content, among other uncompetitive practices.

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