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CFRA 580: ACORN: High Internet rates hurting low income students

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.

CBC Metro Morning: Digital Divide

Many Toronto families lack high-speed internet, not because it isn't available, but because it is too expensive. What does that do to students? Matt Galloway spoke with Ashley Morris is a single parent of two living in East York, and with Anuja Bharti. She is a high school teacher and head of Student Success at North Park Secondary School in Brampton.

Broadbent Institute: It's time to close Canada's digital divide

The Harper government recently unveiled its plan to invest millions of dollars over the next three years to expand Internet access.

Comparing the plan to the creation of the national railway and the opening of the Northwest Passage, the government proclaimed that, "access to the Internet is essential to create jobs, realize economic opportunities, and link Canadians to online services as well as far-off family members and friends."

Inside Toronto: ACORN hosts Internet protest

Toronto ACORN is looking to close the gap in the digital divide this week by hosting an Internet Café outside Bell Canada’s Toronto office.

As a part of its ACORN Canada’s National Day of Action to end the digital divide in Canada, Toronto ACORN will set up an Internet Café at Trinity Square at the end of James Street North of Queen at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.

Toronto Star: Breaking down the digital divide for lower-income families

A lot of time, study, and money has been spent making sure lower-income kids receive a good education.

But a new barrier threatens to divide the haves from the have-nots at school — and later on in their careers.

It’s a lack of access to home computers and affordable, fast connections to the Internet. In 2012, almost 98 per cent of the top income households were connected to the Internet, compared to only 58 per cent of those earning less than $30,000.