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Rogers expands service for low-income families

Rogers expands service for low-income families 

In order to combat digital isolation and allow all Canadian families to participate fully in the digital economy, Rogers is expanding its Connected for Success program. This will give low-income families internet access at a low cost.

“From kids connecting after the school day is done to seniors staying in touch with their friends and using banking or government services, Internet access isn’t a nice to have – it’s a necessity in our digital world,” said Ken Marshall, Atlantic President, Rogers Communications.

In partnership with the Province of New Brunswick through the Department of Social Development, the expansion will begin in Saint John. Eligible tenants will benefit from service speeds of up to 10 mbps download and up to 1mbps upload. The services will be offered for $9.99 a month.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from our non-profit partners in Saint John and are thrilled to be expanding to the rest of New Brunswick,” said Marshall.

Internet access is a fundamental stepping stone to further skills – skills that may be key to escaping the vicious cycle of poverty.

“The low-cost Internet provided by the Rogers Connected for Success program will allow our housing clients to improve their computer literacy skills,” said Ed Doherty, Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction. “It will also give them an opportunity to enroll in online training programs.”

All residents living in rent-geared-to-income housing are eligible. Sign up instructions are to be sent in direct mail letters.

“On behalf of everyone in our community who will benefit from this program, we thank Rogers for expanding Connected for Success into our province,” saidAnn Driscoll, Crescent Valley Resource Centre. “This is a hand up that will truly benefit the tenants we serve.”

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