Major Canadian broadband operators including Bell, Telus, Rogers and Videotron have launched low-cost ‘Connecting Families’ internet services under a federal government scheme. Eligible low-income families receive a fixed internet connection with at least 10Mbps download speed and 100GB of data for CAD9.99 (USD7.55) per month plus taxes, with free installation/modem rental and no contract or credit check.
Rogers highlights in a press release that its existing subsidised ‘Connected for Success’ low-cost internet programme has been operating since 2013. Similarly, Telus launched its own ‘Internet For Good’ subsidised connectivity programme in 2016. The Connecting Families initiative will widen the scope of such schemes by making more families eligible for cut-price services.
Connecting Families was unveiled in June 2018 by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada as an initiative to provide ‘hundreds of thousands’ of Canadians with low-cost internet in partnership with Bell, Cogeco, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus and Videotron.