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November 18, 2014 was ACORN Canada’s National Day of Action to Close the Digital Divide! Members were out in force to demand $10/month Internet for people below the low-income measure, plus subsidized computers.
From doing homework to getting tax forms the Internet is a basic part of life that many low-income families can't afford!
Carrying laptops made out of cardboard and posters, around 25 members of social justice group Ottawa Acorn rallied at the Shaw Centre Wednesday afternoon calling for more affordable Internet rates for low income residents.
For low-income residents who can’t afford smartphones or tablets, Surrey’s plan to provide free Wi-Fi at dozens of hot spots around the city won’t be much help in their search for affordable Internet access.
Advocates from B.C. Acorn are calling on the city to go one step further in its deal with Shaw and install hot spots at public housing sites as well.
On Tuesday, October 14th, Burnaby ACORN member Jacqueline Hardy appeared before the Burnaby Board of Education to give a presentation on ACORN Canada's ongoing "Digital Access to Opportunities" Campaign. This campaign calls on the big telecom corporations to offer affordable internet rates for low income earners, and programs to make the associated connection devices more accessible.
ACORN Canada members have held back-toschool actions to highlight that the federal government and the Canadian Radio-Television and Communications (CRTC) agency need to ensure home broadband prices are affordable for low income families. Low income students shouldn't have to do homework at libraries if they can't afford home high speed Internet, maintains the anti-poverty group in a news release last week.