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ACORN Canada report shows internet costs are unaffordable for low-income earners

A new study says internet costs for low-income earners are 'extremely prohibitive,' according to ACORN Canada, an organization which represents low and moderate income families.

58.9% of respondents said they are forced to take money out of food and rent to pay for internet

ACORN members rally for lower prices for high-speed home internet outside the CRTC offices in Vancouver (@BC_ACORN / Twitter)

A new study from ACORN Canada says the average costs for high-speed internet are 'extremely prohibitive' for low-income earners across the country.

The results showed that although the internet plays a significant daily role in respondents' lives, the costs of obtaining a high-speed connection can lead to difficulties.

"Access to the internet is a right," said Marva Burnett, president for ACORN Canada in a statement. 

"How can low-income families get out of poverty if they can't apply for jobs, can't access government services ... Libraries and coffee shops are not a solution."

ACORN Canada is calling on the government and businesses to develop a $10 per month high-speed internet product for low income families. (ACORN Canada)

Respondents said they needed high-speed connections to search for jobs, or research school work.

ACORN Canada is calling for the CRTC to create a subsidy for low-income families.

  •  A $10/month product for high speed (15 megabits/second or equivalent to high speed in area).
  • Subsidized computers for families below a certain level of income.