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ACORN Canada members fight for affordable internet

ACORN Canada's tireless efforts to keep the high cost of internet in the public eye led to our members being invited to the CRTC's public hearing on internet access and affordability. Last Thursday, 10 ACORN members told personal stories about how not having access to home internet has impeded their - and their childrens' - success in the digital economy.

Huffington Post: Rogers Offers Cheaper Internet For Low-Income Households

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.

CBC News: Basic internet speed, service levels may not be enforced by CRTC

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.

CBC The National: Is affordable internet a 'human right'?

ACORN members spoke to CBC's The National about why internet is a right.

Ecoutez membre d'Ottawa Amber Slagtenhorst parler "internet pour tous!"

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.