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CBC News: High cost of internet access leaving low-income families behind, report finds

The high cost of internet access in Canada is leaving low-income families behind, says a national organization that is calling on the federal government to act.

ACORN Canada, a charitable organization that advocates for low- to moderate-income families, is set to release a report on Tuesday that says "digital equity" must become a federal priority.

Nova Scotia ACORN and LakeCity Works launch Computer Enrichment Program

Nova Scotia ACORN is collaborating with our community partners, LakeCity Works, to launch a Computer Enrichment Program!

 

 

 

 

The Star: Halifax activists call on Eastlink to offer low-income internet options

HALIFAX—A small group of anti-poverty activists took to the streets of downtown Halifax on Saturday, urging Canadian telecom giant Eastlink to offer more affordable internet, as many of their competitors do.

ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has been advocating for low-income internet service across Canada since 2013 with a campaign called Internet for All. The local ACORN chapter organized a rally for the start of the holiday season to make a cheeky statement about Eastlink’s response to its demands.

MobileSyrup: CRTC won’t force Bell to publicly disclose sales agent compensation figures

Canada’s telecom watchdog won’t force Montreal-based telecom service provider Bell to publicly disclose how much its sale agents earn through the carrier’s various sales channels.

According to a November 7th, 2018 Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) letter posted to PIAC executive director and general counsel John Lawford, Bell established “that the likelihood of specific and direct harm outweighs the public interest in the disclosure of the designated information.”

The request was filed by the Fair Communications Sales Coalition — a consumer group comprised of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) Canada, the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) — on November 2nd, 2018.

MobileSyrup: Consumer groups advocate for new code of conduct, suitability rules on day two of CRTC hearings

A coalition of four Canadian consumer advocacy organizations delivered testimony on the second day of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) unsavoury telecom sales practices hearings.

Representatives from the Fair Communications Sales Coalition (FCSC) — comprised of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada (ACORN Canada), the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) — used their time to further advocate for the implementation of a new telecom sales code of conduct, while also arguing in favour of implementing suitability rules within Canada’s telecommunications industry.