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Rogers Communications (Rogers) met with Canadian telecoms regulator CRTC to make its case for its $26 billion merger with Shaw Communications (Shaw).
During the hearing Edward Rogers (pictured), chairman of the Roger's board of directors said that the deal will enhance competition.
"Canada is no longer an island. We participate in a global industry, with global platforms that bring Canadians and people all over the world wonderful new products and services. However, they can also pose a challenge to Canadian companies and Canadian culture," he said.
Yesterday, November 16th, ACORN Ottawa gathered with allies and community members in front of City Hall to call for improved education province-wide and affordable internet access in Ottawa. Some notable contributors included Jeff Leiper, City Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward; Jessica and Joanis and Darby Mallory, students of the University of Ottawa and Carleton respectively; Julie Guèvremont, Secondary Vice-President of the Ottawa Catholic Teachers Union; Stephen Skoutajan, Vice-President of Ottawa-Carleton ETFO; as well as our very own storied members Pascal Kakule, Ray Noyes, Norma-Jean & Morgan Quibell.
Capital Current: Community members push for better internet accessibility for low-income households in Ottawa
Members of the social justice group ACORN are demanding an end to barriers that prevent internet accessibility for all Canadians.
They made their point at a Tuesday rally at Ottawa City Hall which featured ACORN members, educators, students and other supporters of the cause sharing their experiences with those assembled in Marion Dewar Plaza.
Posted November 16, 2021
Ottawa rally calling for affordable internet - CTV interview with Norma Jean Quibell:
Editorial note: The following is a submitted op-ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist.
According to the Government of Canada’s figures, Canada has the second highest internet rates per gigabyte in the world. Our big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, and Quebecor – refuse to provide affordable internet to all, disproportionately affecting people in poverty or with low income. In the City of Kingston, the municipal government’s initiatives to bridge the digital divide continue to leave out low-income community members from accessing the digital world.