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Ottawa activists representing low-income families rallied in front of the Ottawa Public Library Thursday to raise awareness about their lack of affordable Internet access.
It was part of a nation-wide campaign led by ACORN Canada, in its bid to convince the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to lower prices for low-income families, specifically those in urban areas.
ACORN Canada members are calling on the federal government and the CRTC to ensure home broadband prices are affordable for low income families.
Specifically, ACORN believes households below the low-income measure should be able to access high-speed internet for $10/month along with measures to ensure families can afford computers at a reasonable price.
A national advocacy organization wants the federal government to better regulate broadband to give cheaper access to Internet for low income families.
Leeann Gates — a member of ACORN, the organization that coordinated Thursday afternoon’s rally to close what they say is a “digital divide” in society — says that, for years she went without Internet service, but buckled a few years back so that her daughter, now in Grade 9, could use the web for schoolwork.
But in the summer, they go without service.
Dozens of protesters from a group representing low-income Canadians took to the streets of Ottawa Thursday, calling on the country’s largest telecommunications companies to provide cheaper Internet service for Canada’s poor.
About 40 members of ACORN Canada gathered outside the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Metcalfe Street before heading to Parliament Hill to pressure the government to make sure that all Canadians, regardless of income, have access to high-speed Internet for as little as $10 a month.
Members of ACORN say unaffordable internet rates are hurting kids from low income families because those kids need the Internet to do their homework and assignments. That's why ACORN groups across the country held demonstrations Thursday to pressure the federal government to lower Internet costs.