Tell Toronto City Council: SAVE Community Broadband on May 4!

Toronto's best shot at cheaper, faster Internet could die THIS WEEK — unless we FIGHT BACK!

Last year, city council voted to pass ConnectTO, Toronto's community broadband proposal. But now, pushback is threatening to kill the program at the next council meeting on May 4.1

We can't afford to let Big Telecom's lobbyists crush this HISTORIC opportunity. Community broadband in Toronto could finally bring affordable Internet to everyone in the city AND set the bar for connectivity across the country.

If we speak up LOUD to key councillors before the May 4 council meeting, we can save this opportunity for better Internet in Toronto. Send your email right NOW: tell Toronto City Council to say YES to Community Broadband!

Email the Toronto City Council Executive Committee members who are voting on cheaper, faster Internet on May 4!

Use the box below to craft your message:

To: Cllr Paul Ainslie, Cllr Ana Bailão, Cllr Gary Crawford, Cllr Jennifer McKelvie, Cllr Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cllr James Pasternak, and Cllr Michael Thompson

Cllr
Paul
Ainslie
Toronto City Council
Cllr
Ana
Bailão
Toronto City Council
Cllr
Gary
Crawford
Toronto City Council
Cllr
Jennifer
McKelvie
Toronto City Council
Cllr
Denzil
Minnan-Wong
Toronto City Council
Cllr
James
Pasternak
Toronto City Council
Cllr
Michael
Thompson
Toronto City Council

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In February 2021, Toronto City Council initially voted to pass ConnectTO, Toronto's historic community broadband proposal! The decision sent a strong message not just to the residents of Toronto, but the entire country that the affordability and service gaps left by Big Telecom are unacceptable.2

But now, thanks to Big Telecom's lobbying, the future of the ConnectTO community broadband project is teetering on the edge of disaster. On May 4, ConnectTO is again on the agenda at city council where it could be killed before it has the chance to bring cheaper, faster Internet to Torontonians.3

Toronto can't afford to lose this chance. People have been saying for years that the Digital Divide in the city is out of control. And the data tells the same story:

  • 2 out of 5 households in Toronto don’t have home Internet that meets Canada’s national 50/10 Mbps speed targets
  • 1/3 of Toronto households are worried about paying their Internet bills — especially low-income households, single-parent families, newcomers, and communities of colour
  • For people without home Internet, monthly cost was the top reason (49%)4

The problem has gotten this bad only because the CRTC and the federal government have trusted Big Telecom for years to get it right. But clearly, that strategy isn’t working.

Community-owned broadband is one of the best ways to fix this.5 It’s been shown to give people more power to choose their providers, overall cheaper Internet bills,6,7,8 and not to mention: universal access to high speeds and state-of-the-art fibre Internet infrastructure — the kind that Big Telecom has no intention of bringing to every Toronto household.

But this is bigger than just Toronto; this Internet battleground will have ripple effects across the entire country. If Big Telecom can't adequately connect Canada's largest city – what chance does the rest of the country have? We could be watching Canada’s premier community broadband case study in the making. Municipalities everywhere will be looking to the Toronto model and saying, “If TO can do it, so can we.”

Faster and cheaper Internet for everyone could be our reality — but it all comes down to making sure city council saves the ConnectTO project on May 4. Email Toronto City Council now: say YES to community broadband, and YES to affordable, quality Internet for all!

Sources

  1. We Can’t Let Toronto’s Executive Committee Stop ConnectTO. Part 1 of 2. - Bianca Wylie
  2. You did it, Toronto! It’s full steam ahead for Community Broadband! - OpenMedia
  3. Executive Committee consideration on May 4, 2022 - Toronto City Council
  4. Mapping Toronto’s Digital Divide - Ryerson Leadership Lab
  5. Want Faster, Cheaper Internet? Let’s Build It - OpenMedia
  6. Remarks by the President on Promoting Community Broadband - The White House
  7. Community-Owned Fibre Network: Value Leaders in America - Harvard
  8. Localizing the Internet: Five Ways Public Ownership Solves the U.S. Broadband Problem - Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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