Canadian non-profit organization and proponent of the open Internet, OpenMedia, has publicly called Bell, Telus and Rogers in a series of tweets about embezzlement and abuse of government COVID-19 relief funds.
Big Telecom gobbled up hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency COVID wage relief from our federal government, then turned around and paid it off to its investors. Sign the petition for it back NOW! https://t.co/cpyYDEMsj5 #Pay it back
– OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) February 13, 2021
OpenMedia is outraged that incumbent telcos have collectively raised $ 240,000,000 CAD from the federal governmentCanada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, intended to help pay employee wages during the pandemic and prevent layoffs, while increasing dividend payments to shareholders and also eliminating jobs.
OpenMedia says after a cash injection of about $ 250 million Intended to pay employee wages, Telus went and increased his shareholder payments, Rogers laid off many employees even though the government had paid their wages, and Bell did both as well.
Even after government aid and record profits last year, telecom providers are now suddenly lay off hundreds of employees speaking of “streamlining” and corporate financial difficulties.
To top it all, the big 3 are constantly increase in telephone and internet rates, further increasing your earnings, says OpenMedia.
For that purpose, OpenMedia has created a request demanding that Bell, Rogers and Telus not only answer for their apparent misconduct, but also return every penny of public emergency funds received.