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Ottawa ACORN members hold a Pop up #Internet4All Cafe at City Hall demanding affordable municipal broadband!

ACORN members were on the hunt for internet connection at our Pop Up #Internet4All Cafe today because with Canada’s sky high prices, we’re struggling to connect at home! But even City Hall’s free WIFI is difficult to connect to. 
 

 

Ottawa ACORN Marches for Affordable Internet - Keeping the Pressure on Rogers, Bell and the Ministry of Innovation!

Fantastic March for Affordable Internet Wednesday!! ACORN members hit up the duopoly - Bell and Rogers - AND the Ministry of Innovation, delivering our letters demanding $10/month high speed internet for ALL low income people! 
 
ACORN’s demanding the federal government expand the Connecting Families Program to:
  • Be universal to ALL low income people, not just families
  • Be mandatory for all telecom providers 
  • Be no more than $10 for a minimum speed of 50/10 mbps to match the CRTC’s own recommendations

Toronto ACORN's City-Wide Internet Affordability Forum

Toronto ACORN members held their Citywide Internet Affordability Forum on April 22, 2021!!  What a great forum, thank you to all the 99 participants who attended our Internet Affrodability Forum and proved with their participation that it is urgent and our community needs affordable internet NOW! 

OC Magazine: High-speed Internet: The price is just too steep for many Canadians

People who live in big cities have easy access to high-speed Internet, right? Well, not necessarily. We look at the situation across the country.
 
It’s hard to imagine getting through a full-blown pandemic without having access to the Internet. But believe it or not, that’s the fate of many Canadians who lack the means to pay for the service, even if they do live in a big city. “The price is a problem for many of our members,” says Judy Duncan, head organizer at ACORN Canada, a community union with more than 130,000 members that focuses on direct action.
 

 

CBC News: CRTC to allow small wireless carriers to piggyback on Big 3 networks

Canada's telecom regulator is opening the door a crack to more wireless competition, by allowing a small number of regional companies to piggyback on the networks of the established players.
 
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said Thursday that regional telecom providers with their own established networks in Canada will now effectively be allowed to become de facto Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs — companies that buy access to other networks at wholesale rates, and then resell them to consumers.