Posted December 21, 2016
“We are happy the CRTC chair declared that broadband is vital, but disappointed that they are not going to create a subsidy for low income people who can’t afford high speed internet. Many Canadians are often taking money out of rent and food budgets just to participate in the current digital economy. The CRTC pointed to the federal Ministry of Innovation to figure out how to solve the affordability problem, so we look forward to working with them,” said Gisele Bouvier, ACORN Leader.
ACORN Canada members across the country have been, for the last three years, highlighting that internet is no longer a luxury. Members gave 400 testimonials to the CRTC from low-income Canadians, about how vital and unaffordable home internet is. See ACORN Canada’s report 'Internet for All' created from the testimonials.
The Globe & Mail: CRTC rules high-speed Internet a basic service, sets targets
Global National: Broadband internet access a basic service: CRTC
Metro News Ottawa: Low income advocacy group disappointed with CRTC announcement
ICI Radio-Canada: Des mesures pour faciliter l'accès à Internet