We slag on Rogers a lot here, because they deserve it. But as awful and horrible as they are 98% of the time, they do get it right sometimes.
Rogers Communications is partnering with Microsoft Canada and Compugen computers to provide affordable internet service to some 58,000 low-income households in Toronto Community Housing buildings.
By August, the company hopes to be able to offer broadband internet access for $9.99 a month to all subsidized households in Toronto’s public housing portfolio. The internet service, with speeds of 3Mbps and usage allowance up to 30 GB, usually retails for between $40 and $45 a month, Bruce noted.
Residents will also be able to buy Compugen computers loaded with Microsoft software for $150. Modems, routers, setup and technical support are all included in the price, he added.
But even when Rogers does a good thing, they still can’t help but come off a bit like dicks.
“We must invest and develop our youth to ensure they have the digital savvy they need to be part of and prosper in Canada’s digital future. And it starts with a broadband connection,” Bruce said.
“It’s unfathomable that Canadians are living without internet access today because they simply cannot afford it.”
Let’s read that last sentence again, shall we?
“It’s unfathomable that Canadians are living without internet access today because they simply cannot afford it,” said a man employed by a big part of the problem.
But that aside, this is a pretty cool thing and Rogers does deserve credit for their hand in it. Hopefully it’s available in cities across Canada before too long.