Hal­i­fax ac­tivists call on East­link to of­fer low-in­come in­ter­net op­tions

StarMetro Halifax - - FRONT PAGE - TARYN GRANT

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

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