Digital divide pilot project aims to help low income Toronto residents

“This year’s iteration of the annual Canadian Telecom Summit, which kicks off on Monday, is pretty wanting in the consumer representation department. Public Interest Advocacy Centre director John Lawford, who is sitting in on a couple of panels, is perhaps the lone voice of the public—Wind Mobile’s two representatives could maybe be included—in what is otherwise an industry love-in,” Peter Nowak wrote for Canadian Business, published online today. Nowak continues, “The agitators over at Open Media, meanwhile, confirm they weren’t invited to take part, which is too bad because that definitely would have made for some entertaining proceedings. The event also isn’t welcoming to the average Joe, with tickets coming in at a whopping $2,542.50—a price tag specifically designed for corporate expense accounts. Still, some meaningful news sometimes comes from the event. This year, Rogers is kicking things off with ‘Connected for Success,’ a pilot project that will give some of the most disadvantaged residents of Toronto access to cheap broadband. In conjunction with Toronto Community Housing, the company will provide qualifying residents connections of 3 megabits per second and 30 gigabytes of usage for $9.99 a month. Microsoft and Compugen are also joining in on the project, providing computers at $150 a pop. Some training and technical support will also be included through the Rogers Youth Fund and Rogers Tech Essentials website.” Read the full article here. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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