Lower-income Canadians, fixed income earners and seniors should have access to “basic service” including broadband
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ACORN members are disappointed that the 2017 Federal Budget, with $13.2 million over 5 years to “support low-income Canadians’ access to broadband,” is actually just a corporate subsidy and will result in no new money in the pockets of low income Canadians.
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Aujourd’hui l’annonce historique du CRTC était orientée dans la bonne direction en déclarant que le service à large bande était un service essentiel et en reconnaissant le problème d’abordabilité.
Mathieu Nadon discute de la décision du CRTC avec Gisèle Bouvier de l'organisme ACORN.
The CRTC said Internet is a "basic service" that must be provided to rural residents, but it stopped short of mandating affordability.
The CRTC ruled Wednesday, that from now on, access to high-speed internet will be considered an essential service.
Critics say the regulator’s declaration that Internet should be a basic service only addresses access, not affordability.
Everyone in Canada should be able to access high-speed Internet, the country’s telecom regulator has declared, setting bold targets for speeds and establishing a new fund that will invest up to $750-million over five years to expand broadband services to remote regions.
The historic CRTC announcement today was focused in the right direction by declaring broadband a basic service and by recognizing that affordability is a problem. However, the announcement did not include anything about the desperately needed subsidy for urban low income people that ACORN members were hoping to hear.