Mark Goldberg

The Canadian Telecom Summit

The Canadian Telecom Summit

Fox Group Dispatch

Affordable broadband for low income households

Frequent readers of this page know that, for too long, I have been writing about the need to develop a national strategy to target bridging the biggest gap in digital adoption in Canada. Almost half of Canadian households in the lowest income quintile have no home computer and no broadband connection.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I would like to see us immediately start addressing households with school aged children so that all kids have a chance to start the school year equipped with the right tools. In the US, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel refers to this as closing the #HomeworkGap.

The new school year opens in a month and a half. Will service providers be ready with a new type of “back-to-school special”?

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