Halifax activists call on Eastlink to offer low-income internet options
A small group of anti-poverty activists took to the streets of downtown Halifax on Saturday, urging Canadian telecom giant Eastlink to offer more affordable internet service, as many of its competitors do.
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has been advocating for low-income internet service across Canada since 2013 with a campaign called Internet for All.
Sarah Byrne, chair of the Dartmouth North branch of ACORN, and a few others marched along the sidewalk outside Eastlink’s Spring Garden Rd. store on Saturday afternoon with signs demanding $10 internet service. One poster read, “Honk for affordable internet,” which many drivers did. Nine providers offer discounts. More at thestar.com/halifax
Sarah Byrne heads a protest outside the downtown Halifax location of Eastlink on Saturday. TARYN GRANT/STARMETRO