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Ici Radio-Canada: Services Internet à domicile: trop cher pour un service essentiel

Les services Internet à domiciles sont trop coûteux, affirment certains canadiens. L'Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), une association qui milite en faveur des personnes à faibles revenus, décrie l'absence de structures obligeant les fournisseur de services Internet à offrir des forfaits abordables.

Les demandes qu’ils ont formulées, notamment au Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC), sont restées lettre morte.

CBC News: 'Isolated and alone': The struggle of living without home internet

A community organization that works to help low-income families is increasingly frustrated with getting internet access for all Nova Scotians.

Members of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada say they're disappointed in the 2017 federal budget unveiled last month, because the $13.2 million over five years cited to support access to broadband relies on big companies to voluntarily create programs.

CRTC asked to reconsider affordability subsidy

Lower-income Canadians, fixed income earners and seniors should have access to “basic service” including broadband

OTTAWA, April 5, 2017 – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), ACORN Canada (ACORN) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) today jointly filed an application to review and vary the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) “Review of basic telecommunications” decision to reconsider a fund to ensure all Canadians, including lower-income Canadians, have equal access to broadband and other telecommunications services.

ACORN Members Disappointed - Federal Budget - Low Income Internet Support for Corporate Innovation & Nothing for Actual Low Income People!

OTTAWA – ACORN members are disappointed that the 2017 Federal Budget, with $13.2 million over 5 years to “support low-income Canadians’ access to broadband,” is actually just a corporate subsidy and will result in no new money in the pockets of low income Canadians. 

ACORN Members have mixed feelings about the CRTC announcement today

The historic CRTC announcement today was focused in the right direction by declaring broadband a basic service and by recognizing that affordability is a problem. However, the announcement did not include anything about the desperately needed subsidy for urban low income people that ACORN members were hoping to hear.