In this day and age, access to the internet has become a necessity for people to get ahead. The high cost of service, however, severely affects access to opportunities in the job market, in school, and in many other aspects of daily life. ACORN Canada members are demanding $10/month high-speed internet for low-income families as part of our Internet for All campaign.
ACORN members strongly feel that internet access is essential and that the government can help make this a reality for thousands of low-income families who cannot afford high speed internet at home. StatsCan reports that 42% of households in the lowest income quartile of $30,000 or less do not have home internet access, compared to only 2% in the highest income quartile. This “digital divide” excludes low-income individuals and families from what the United Nations now considers to be a human right, comparable with freedom of speech.
After two years of organizing for affordable internet rates, 10 ACORN Canada members will be presenting at a CRTC public hearing on April 14 about internet access.
They will tell their stories about why low-income families deserve equal opportunities to succeed in the digital economy. Low-income earners need cheap internet access to look for work, for their kids to do homework, and to access government services and forms. We are almost there to make affordable internet for low-income families in Canada a reality, and we need to keep the pressure on!
By signing, we will be able to show the CRTC that Canadians want real change to close the digital divide.