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24hrs Vancouver: Low-income Canadians sacrifice food for Internet

The majority of Canadians living on low incomes are forced to spend less on food so they can afford high-speed internet access, according to a survey conducted by a national anti-poverty advocate.

That’s why the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada is renewing its call for $10-per-month broadband connections for low-income households as the CRTC continues its review of telecommunication services.
 

Toronto Star: Anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet

Low-income Canadians are taking money out of their budgets for food, recreation and rent to pay for Internet service, according to a new report that is calling for a national affordable home Internet program.

“The Internet plays an important role in the everyday lives of low-income earners,” says the study by ACORN Canada, a national organization of low- and moderate-income families with 70,000 members in nine cities across the country.

Internet for All campaign takes step towards free WIFI for all 164,000 TCH tenants

ACORN's two year old Internet for All campaign got a shot in the arm recently.  Toronto city council's Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to begin development on providing free WIFI to all Toronto Community Housing buildings.  The motion, called Making Toronto a Tech-Friendly City and Bridging the Digital Divide, paves the way for 58,000 units of housing to have access to the internet for free; but the campaign still has to pass a final hurdle at City Council to become a reality.  

Internet is not a Luxury!

On July 14th, ACORN members from Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Gatineau, Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, and New Westminster delivered hundreds of testimonials from low income families detailing the crucial role the internet has in their lives, and how unaffordable home access is.  

Globe & Mail: Coalition calls on CRTC to force expansion of broadband access

A coalition of groups representing consumers, seniors and anti-poverty activists is calling on Canada’s telecom regulator to force industry players to expand access to high-speed Internet for low-income households and those living in rural areas.
 
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is undertaking a significant review of what constitutes “basic telecommunications service,” and one of the biggest questions will be whether to include broadband, or high-speed, Internet in that definition.