ACORN members strongly feel that internet access is essential and that the government can help make this a reality for thousands of low-income families who cannot afford high speed internet at home. StatsCan reports that 42% of households in the lowest income quartile of $30,000 or less do not have home internet access, compared to only 2% in the highest income quartile. This "digital divide" excludes low-income individuals and families from what the United Nations now considers to be a human right, comparable with freedom of speech.
Access to the internet is increasingly recognized by countries around the world as an essential tool for participation in modern democratic society. Internet access is guaranteed as a legal right in several countries, and many more countries have publicly announced a commitment to achieving universal broadband access for all citizens. Canada is the only G7 nation without a national broadband plan, and not having access to home internet can lead many Canadians to hardship.
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