Rogers Communications plans to help 150,000 Canadians get on the web by offering less expensive broadband rates to low-income families.
The company announced Thursday that it will be expanding its affordable internet program to hundreds of housing agencies across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Connected for Success started as a pilot program in 2013 with Toronto Community Housing Corp. Rogers worked in partnership with Microsoft Canada and Compugen computers to offer low-income residents in the city internet service for $9.99 and computers for $150.
Canadians may want fast internet access everywhere in the country but that doesn't mean it will be guaranteed by Canada's telecom regulator.
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chairman Jean-Pierre Blais says any speed or service level his agency finds ideal won't automatically mean regulatory action to ensure it's accessible to everyone.
ACORN members spoke to CBC's The National about why internet is a right.
Le Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC) organise du 11 au 28 avril une série de consultations sur les services Internet offerts aux Canadiens. Peut-on vivre sans Internet en 2016? Est-il possible d'assurer une connexion haute vitesse dans toutes les régions du pays? Amber Slegtenhorst, membre des Associations d'organisations communautaires pour la réforme maintenant (ACORN Canada) en discute avec nous.
Heidi Gatto browses a newspaper's job ads. The classifieds were once the go-to section for people like her looking for work.
Not anymore. She counts just five advertised jobs, a sign of our digital times.
"All the job postings, all the important things we do is online," says Gatto, a single mother living on social assistance in Toronto.
The problem for Gatto — she can't afford home internet service.
And she's not the only one in her family who suffers. Whenever Gatto's 11-year-old son, Justin needs to do research for his school work, he must take the bus to his grandmother's house where he can get online.