Nova Scotia ACORN member Darryl King talks to Sheldon MacLeod about ACORN's National Day of Action on the Internet for All campaign.
中低收入家庭權益團體「現在改革社區組織協會」(Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, Canada, 簡稱 ACORN Canada) 在去年6月1日至7月15日期間，透過網上和手寫問卷，訪問了全國394名中低收入人士，發現83.5%受訪者形容在家安裝互聯網的費用為「極高」；當中接近8%因而選擇不安裝或取消互聯網服務。另外58.9%表示因為他們需要互聯網，因此要在其他地方削減開支，包括食物(71%)、休閒活動(64%)和租金(13%)。
Low-income families have to cut back on food and rent budgets to afford the Internet, according to a new report.
ACORN Canada, an advocacy group for low- and moderate-income residents, polled almost 400 of its members and found that more than half (58.9 per cent) of respondents said they can’t really afford high-speed Internet but cut from their food, recreation or rent budgets because they need access to the world wide web or risk being left behind in an increasingly digital age.
Low-income Canadians are taking money out of their budgets for food, recreation and rent to pay for Internet service, according to a new report that is calling for a national affordable home Internet program.
“The Internet plays an important role in the everyday lives of low-income earners,” says the study by ACORN Canada, a national organization of low- and moderate-income families with 70,000 members in nine cities across the country.
Membre d'ACORN Gisele Bouvier parle avec Boulevard du Pacifique sur l'internet pour tous campagne: