ACORN Canada

ACORN Canada

October 31, 2013 06:00 ET

ACORN Demands Affordable Access to the Digital World at Ottawa and Gatineau Actions: New Halloween HORROR Report Exposes Ghoulish Cell and Internet Companies

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 31, 2013) - ACORN Canada undertook a survey with our membership across the country focused on the telecommunications industry and customer satisfaction. The results from the 284 participants are HORRIFYING. ACORN Canada members are demanding that Internet companies stop the horror. Specifically: $10/month high speed internet and subsidized computers for people below the LIM.

LINK to Telecom HORROR Report:
https://www.acorncanada.org/resource/acorn-canadas-telecom-horror-report

Ottawa -
When: Thursday, October 31st at 12.15pm (noon)/ Le jeudi 31 octobre à 12h00 (midi)
Where/Ou: 78 O'Connor Street, Ottawa ON (Albert and O'Connor/ au bâtiment Bell, au coin des rues O'Connor et Albert)
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Gatineau -
When/Quand: Thursday, October 31st at 2.15pm/Jeudi le 31 octobre à 14heures
Where/Ou: 140 Promenade de Portage (corner of Laval St./ au coin de la rue Laval)
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This is a part of ACORN Canada's Day of Action. ACORN Members will also be doing actions in BC, Nova Scotia, Toronto and Quebec.

According to a Statistics Canada survey 54% of households in the lowest quartile of $30,000 or less do not have home Internet access. 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.

"Internet is an essential service it needs to be affordable for all residents. Our kids need internet to do homework, and because many parents can't afford it they have to do homework at the library. This is just one example of how low income families have a financial barrier to digital participation" (Kay Bisnath, President ACORN Canada)

CRTC's new wireless code of conduct comes into effect on December 2nd, but completely misses the reality that low income families can barely afford to participate in the digital world. The government should not be legitimizing this expensive access point; they need to lower the bar to remove a barrier to participation.

ACORN Canada - the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Canada - is among the nation's largest organizations of low- and moderate-income families, with over 51,000 members in more than 20 communities working together for social and economic justice.

Contact Information

  • For information or to speak to Ottawa ACORN members in
    French or English, contact:
    ACORN Canada
    Jill O'Reilly
    613-744-7228 or 613-808-6523
    onacornot@acorncanada.org