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ACORN, an independent group of low and moderate-income families, is calling on the CRTC to make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone, since they believe it is a right rather than a luxury.
The group wants to see high speed internet available for just $10 per month and have a petition going to try and get the CRTC’s attention.
Melody Skoco with ACORN told News1130 that people who are on disability like her can’t afford internet at home, and it makes day-to-day life difficult.
“Everybody needs Internet; it’s not just a social thing anymore,” she said. “You need it for banking and it’s usually online, if you’re looking for a job.”
“Nowadays, Internet is so important. It’s so essential.”
Earlier this afternoon about ten members of the anti-poverty group ACORN held a rally in Dartmouth to bring attention to high costs of internet access and what that means for people on low income.
Katie Campbell was one of the people who attended the rally. She doesn't make a lot of money, she tells the Halifax Media Co-op.
“Internet access isn't just too expensive, it's simply prohibitive,” Campbell says. “It's cutting people off from things like online education, finding jobs, submitting your job applications and so on. It's also how you communicate with your friends and family.”
Nova Scotia ACORN member Darryl King speaks to CTV about the Internet for All campaign, including our National Day of Action to deliver hundreds of testimonials to the CRTC.
ACORN Canada is calling on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Committee to make internet more affordable for low-income families.
The group which advocates for low- and moderate-income families wants high-speed internet to be available for $10 per month.