Canada: Librarians Say Internet Cut Will Hurt Most Vulnerable Users
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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.