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Internet is a right, not a luxury: ACORN

Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 9:20 am PDT

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ACORN calls for a rate of $10 per month for Internet

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you think your Internet bill is high, you’re in very good company.

A group is making one last push before today’s deadline on comments ahead of CRTC hearings on cheaper and faster¬†Internet.

Melody Skoco with ACORN, a group advocating for low-income families, says many people like her who are on disability can’t afford to have Internet at home. That makes it tough to do basic things in life.

“Everybody needs Internet; it’s not just a social thing anymore,” she argues. “You need it for banking and it’s usually online, if you’re looking for a job.”

Skoco believes the Internet is a right — not a luxury. “Nowadays, Internet is so important. It’s so essential.”

Her group is calling for a rate of $10 per month.

“[I think that’s] reasonable because a lot of us have kids and stuff, it’s really hard to afford anything higher than that.”

The group is handing over hundreds of testimonials from families to the CRTC.