Category digital divide
OpenMedia welcomes government’s Connectivity Strategy to bring rural communities online with high-speed Internet access
The strategy puts a focus on areas traditionally underserved and often left offline
New report from Auditor General slams federal government for having no plan to bring high quality Internet to Canadians in rural and remote areas.
Half a gigabyte of data for $30 per month won't make the cut for people who are struggling to pay for their cell phone bills (if they can afford a phone at all) and are increasingly hungry for data.
The need for affordable cellphone plans in Canada is essential to bridge the digital divide and provide more Canadians with the array of socio-economic benefits the Internet affords.
1 in 3 low-income Canadians can’t afford a cellphone. That means no emergency calls when away from a landline, no texting with loved ones, no access to maps, email, and the online tools and services that we all depend on every day.
Budget 2017 promises review of Canadian Internet policies, but disappoints in lack of investment for infrastructure
Limited funding to support Internet connectivity for low-income families is welcome, but budget will disappoint those hoping for the government to deliver on CRTC’s call for a National Broadband Strategy
Liberal government still considering a damaging new Internet Tax that would raise monthly bills and keep Canadians offline.
At the CRTC’s broadband hearings, some ISPs are arguing internet speeds are fine. Those same companies deliver some of the slowest services to customers.
Your OpenMedia team took a simple but important message to the recent CRTC hearing: broadband access is considered an essential service by most Canadians and we deserve better. It's time for the CRTC to bridge the digital divide.