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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.
Toronto ACORN continues fight with Bell Canada over their role in creating and expanding the digital divide
Two dozen ACORN members took to a Bell Store on Queen Street East in The Beaches in East Toronto this past Saturday as a part of ACORN's Digital Access to Opportunities campaign for affordable internet. In a successful attempt to disrupt the everyday business activities of a local Bell Store, ACORN members in attendance felt satisfied that CEO George Cope did hear about the action and we received confirmation that our letter was faxed to his office.