Connected for Success(TM) rolls out to families and youth in Toronto Community
Rogers, in cooperation with Microsoft and Compugen, launches affordable
broadband initiative with Canada's largest social housing provider
TORONTO, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications today officially launched
Connected for Success, a pilot program offering affordable broadband internet,
a subsidized computer and software to residents of Toronto Community Housing
(TCH). Connected for Success began its roll out in the Cooper Mills community
today where Toronto Community Housing residents were among the first to sign
up for the program.
Part of the Rogers Youth Fund initiative and with support from Compugen and
Microsoft Canada, the program is designed to bring more youth online and give
them the tools and resources needed to succeed in Canada's digital future.
Throughan establishedrelationship with Toronto CommunityHousing,
Connected for Success has the potential to reach over 150,000 low-income
"There is a digital divide in Canada and we see a huge potential to bridge it
by providing youth and families with access to an affordable broadband
connection," said Rob Bruce, President of Communications, Rogers
Communications. "Across Canada, internet penetration is more than sixty per
cent and in Toronto Community Housing it's only twenty per cent. We have a
tremendous opportunity working with Toronto Community Housing to reach
thousands of families and youth, enabling them to build digital skills that
will contribute to their future success."
"Connected for Success is a great example of how when we all work together -
residents, the private sector, community leaders, and Toronto Community
Housing staff - we can provide youth and all residents in our communities with
the tools to succeed," said Gene Jones, Toronto Community Housing President
and CEO. "WethankRogers for taking leadership to put this program in place
and Compugen and Microsoft Canada for their support to helpToronto Community
Housing residents access a more connected, successful future."
The Connected for Success program offers qualified residents of TCH access to
Rogers Hi-Speed Internet servicewithspeeds of up to 3Mbps and usage
allowance of 30 GBfor only $9.99 per month.Rogers Communications, with
support from Microsoft Canada and Compugen, is supporting the program by
providing the option to purchase, for $150.00, a computer that will come
pre-loaded with complimentary standard productivity and educational software
along with access to technical support.
"Home access to high speed internet service on computers with standard
software helps people master essential reading, writing, math, collaboration
and research skills, preparing them to participate more fully in our digital
economy," said Harry Zarek, President and CEO, Compugen. "Digital literacy
equips Canadians to imagine and realize a better future for themselves, their
families, their community and their country."
"Microsoft is committed to empowering people to realize their full potential.
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rogers and Compugen to provide access
to high value tools that will allow youth to create opportunities for
themselves now and in the future," said Maxwell Long, President Microsoft
Detailed information about the roll-out of Connected for Success will become
available before end of year. For more information today about Connected for
Success, visit www.rogersyouthfund.com.
About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We areCanada'slargest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one ofCanada'sleading 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.
One of Canada's largest IT solutions and services providers, Compugen works
with mid- to large-sized Canadian organizations to help them maximize the
business value of their investment in information technology. A winner of the
Microsoft Sustainability Partner of the Year Award, and HP's Eco System
Preservation Award, Compugen's Green4Good program helps organizations benefit
a charity of their choice while extending the life of unwanted IT equipment
through secure refurbishment and resale. Compugen's award-winning service
quality, unequalled depth and breadth of technical expertise and national
footprint have made them the partner of choice for Canadian businesses and
government organizations for more than 30 years. www.compugen.com
Established in 1985, MicrosoftCanadaInc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. MicrosoftCanadaprovides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting
and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in
Mississauga, MicrosoftCanadahas nine regional offices across the country
dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place
and on any device. For more information on MicrosoftCanada, please
About TorontoCommunity Housing: TorontoCommunity Housing
(www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider and home
to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes—about six per
cent of Toronto's population.TorontoCommunity Housing and its subsidiaries
employ 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to
provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and
work together to build healthy communities.
SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.
Sara Howe, Rogers Communications,email@example.com, 416-935-3151
Sara Goldvine, Toronto Community Housing,firstname.lastname@example.org,
Image with caption: "Residents of Toronto Community Housing (TCH) Cooper Mills
residence sign up with Rogers for a new affordable broadband Internet program
called Connected for Success. Rogers officially launched the program offering
qualified residents of TCH access to Rogers high-speed Internet service for
only $9.99 per month and the opportunity to purchase a computer loaded with
software for $150.00. More information at www.rogersyouthfund.com. (CNW
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