BC ACORN's new study: "Barriers to Digital Equality in Canada” shows how home internet is used for vital life activities and at the same time remains unaffordable. Read the report then send a message to your MP, the Prime Minister, and the Minister responsible that all people in Canada need to access affordable internet.
High speed Internet access has become increasingly important for participation in essential facets of life, from job searching, homework to accessing government services and seeking information. However, in Canada, thousands of low income families cannot afford high speed internet at home. Cost is a major barrier to digital equity. In a recent survey of ACORN members, over 35% of the 500 respondents had to make sacrifices such as food, clothing or transit, to afford the internet. Further, only 76% of respondents with household incomes below $10,000 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.
ACORN Canada is leading the fight for affordable home access to high speed internet for all residents of Canada!
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