Low-income families can’t afford internet access

Today 59% of low-income families take money out of their essential needs (rent, food, recreation) to pay for internet access, and 8% of low-income families can't afford internet access entirely (according to an ACORN survey of low- and medium-income families). While public internet access helps alleviate some of this, it is fairly limited in its reach. This lack of access, especially hurts job-seekers and students in rural areas, who are trying to balance personal and professional development, with holding down low-paying jobs.

Let’s democratize internet access!

Rogers Community Access is a web portal that facilities wifi hotspot lending programs, in conjunction with public library systems.

The goal of this system is to do the following:

  • Utilize public library’s device rental programs to manage the lending of wifi hotspots (decrease liability)
  • Establish low cost prepaid data plans for the participants of this hotspot program (reduce commitment)
  • Utilize Roger’s data management services to provide observability to participants

There is already support for such an initiative

Wifi Hotspot Lending Pilot is already in progress as a partnership between Toronto Public Library and Google Canada, Rogers! But these programs are very limited or non-existent in suburban and rural Ontario...

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