Imagine staying home all this time with no Internet.
That’s the reality for some low-income Canadians.
Now, ACORN Canada, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the National Pensioners Federation are demanding affordable, fast, and reliable Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They’re calling on the Federal government, the CRTC, plus Internet and wireless service providers to do right by low-income earners.
In Nova Scotia, ACORN is asking for Internet service providers to stop cutting off service and provide people in need with free Internet during COVID-19.
Marjorie Pembelton is a spokesperson for ACORN in Nova Scotia. She tells The Sheldon MacLeod Show the pandemic has shown the Internet to be an essential service that people need to stay in contact with family and get crucial information, like where to get help, or how to access things like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
“Seniors and the disabled or people with underlying health conditions, they need the Internet just to stay connected,” says Pembelton.
Nationwide, ACORN wants no-cap on Internet data, no price increases, and free Internet for 6 months after the pandemic for those who need to help them transition into life post-pandemic.They’re also calling on wireless companies to provide basic cell phone packages that are capped at $30 per month.