Internet Service for Low-Income New Brunswickers on the Way
The New Brunswick government is partnering with Rogers Communications to offer families, seniors and individuals living in public housing the opportunity for low-cost Internet access.
Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for poverty reduction. says the expansion is kicking off in Saint John. The service includes speeds of up to 10 megabytes per second for downloads and up to 1 megabyte per second for uploads.
Multiple non-profit housing agencies across the province, which house up to 19,000 families, may also be eligible to enter into a two-year partnership with Rogers as part of the program. All of their residents in rent-geared-to-income units are eligible for the offer and will receive a direct mail letter explaining how to sign up for the program.
A recent Ipsos-Reid study found that while 91-percent of Canadians access the Internet at home, that number drops to 70-percent in households with an annual income of less than $25,000.
Residents in non-profit housing receiving the rent-geared-to-income subsidy can call 1-866-689-0758 for more information about the program.