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Many Canadians take surfing the net for granted, but not everyone can afford internet.
The average Canadian pays between $50 and $60 a month for internet.
Now the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is reviewing whether or not broadband internet should be considered a basic communication service.
Evan Coole from ACORN Canada talks to Rick Howe about his organization’s information picket today on internet costs.
A group from the Nova Scotia chapter of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now met in front of the CRTC building in Dartmouth on Tuesday to rally against high-priced Internet access.
“Right now, people are relying on libraries and community centres (for Internet) which are already packed with people,” said Jonethan Brigley, Dartmouth chairman for the Nova Scotia chapter of the group.
The association is an independent national organization of low-and-moderate-income families. Chapters from across the country delivered statements to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission about how crucial the Internet is to members.
Many things are considered essential services for people – food, shelter, transportation. But what about the internet?
For many people, a web connection has become an essential part of life, but high costs mean some people can’t always afford it, says members of the non-profit group ACORN.
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.”