Rogers announces affordable broadband internet initiative to help bridge
Canada's digital divide
Rogers Youth Fund Connected for Success to bring internet connections and
tools to connect youth and low-income Canadian families
Microsoft Canada and Compugen team up to provide software and subsidized
TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ -Rogers Communications announced today a new
broadband internet pilot project called Connected for Success that will
provide affordable broadband internet, computers and software to Toronto
Community Housing (TCH). As part of the Rogers Youth Fund program, Connected
for Success will bring more youth online and give them the tools and resources
needed to experience the benefits of connectivity.
"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," said Rob Bruce, President of
Communications, Rogers Communications. "It's unfathomable that Canadians are
living without internet access today because they simply cannot afford it.
With Connected for Success we've taken the first step to connect youth and we
urge our competitors, our partners and communities to work with us to bridge
Canada's digital divide."
The Connected for Success™ initiative, part of the Rogers Youth Fund™,
will start later this year in Toronto with Canada's largest social housing
provider, Toronto Community Housing.
"Rogers has stepped up to create a tremendous opportunity for youth living in
Toronto Community Housing," said Eugene Jones Jr., TCH President and Chief
Executive Officer. "I thank Rogers, Microsoft Canada and Compugen for their
leadership in opening the door to new possibilities in our communities, and
look forward to working with them to implement this initiative."
Participants who qualify will have access to $9.99 per month for broadband
internet speeds of 3Mbps and usage allowance up to 30 GB. Microsoft Canada and
Compugen are supporting the program by providing the option to purchase a
computer for $150.00 that will come pre-loaded with complimentary software
along with access to technical support.
"Today's announcement is a huge step forward, demonstrating leadership in
providing affordable internet access to families," said Mark Goldberg, Mark H.
Goldberg & Associates Inc. and co-founder of The Canadian Telecom Summit.
"This initiative benefits our communities and helps strengthen Canada's
performance in a digital economy."
Connected for Success participants will additionally have access to digital
literacy programming and resources that will help them get the most out of
their internet connection.
In 2012, Rogers launched Rogers Youth Fund and Tech Essentials, programs
dedicated to the development of digital literacy and technology skills among
Canadians. The Rogers Youth Fund program, www.rogersyouthfund.com, focuses on
giving youth a brighter future through funding after school programs that
provide digital access, digital literacy and academic support. In the past
year, over eighty-five thousand students have participated in programs
supported by the Rogers Youth Fund.
To help Canadians build their digital knowledge, Rogers launched Tech
Essentials, http://techessentials.rogers.com/. Through an interactive website,
Tech Essentials provides parents and families with information on how to make
smart and safe digital choices.
More information about the Connected for Success program will be available in
the coming months.
About Rogers Communications:
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable
television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media
we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping,
magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We
are publicly traded on theTorontoStock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and
on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the
Rogers group of companies, please visitrogers.com.
Allison Fitton, Rogers Communications,email@example.com,
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