Poor internet for poor people? Why Canada needs better and more affordable mobile services for everyone. That is the central question addressed in a new report submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Prepared by Benjamin Klass and Dwayne Winseck for the Consumers’ Association of Canada (Manitoba) and the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, represented by the Public Interest Law Centre, the report details how mobile services remain unaffordable for too many people. The data shows that mobile wireless services in Canada are substantially less affordable than those found in comparable countries. This is true across all provinces. As a result, low income people in Canada subscribe to mobile services at a drastically lower rate -- 68.7% compared to the average at 87.9%.
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