January 17, 2022

Canada: Librarians Say Internet Cut Will Hurt Most Vulnerable Users

From the CBC:

The Community Access Program helps 96 libraries in the province provide free internet access to members of the public.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association said the cut will hurt those who need the free service the most.

“The NLLA is concerned that without CAP funding, people in rural and remote areas of the province, low-income earners, and seniors may not have equitable access to internet services,” the organization said in a statement.

The federal government has argued that CAP is no longer needed because most Canadians now have ready internet access.

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See Also: Canadian Government Cuts Funding for Public Internet Access (April 8, 2012)

See Also: Statement by Canadian Library Association About Elimination of CAP (PDF)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.