Byline: Jill Schnarr and Ted Woodhead
If you’ve been following our blog – and we hope you have – you may have seen that we proudly announced the launch of our TELUS Internet for Good pilot last month in B.C.
Today, we’re thrilled to share that we’re expanding this important pilot to Alberta, offering $9.95 per month Internet service to the 15,000 single-parent families receiving provincial income or disability assistance.
TELUS Internet for Good was created as part of our commitment to bridge the digital divide and provide Internet access for all Albertans and was designed because of our desire to remove the barriers to universal Internet access. While the technology is available, we know there is still much to do as there are currently tens of thousands of Albertan families who don’t have home Internet service because they simply cannot afford it.
We believe that we have an obligation to help our younger generations achieve their dreams by giving them access to countless experiences. The advantages and opportunities that high-speed Internet offers us all are immense, and for many of us, it’s difficult to imagine life without the ability to research new jobs; participate in educational courses; soak in art, music and culture; keep pace with breaking news; or stay in touch with loved ones through social media or video conferencing. The benefits of Internet access are indisputable and Internet for Good is proudly extending these opportunities, finally, to under-served families across Alberta.
We are grateful to the spirited support from local libraries, charitable organizations, community and government partners who helped bring this pilot to fruition. Together, we look forward to TELUS Internet for Good’s success and hope to bring this important program to more families across B.C. and Alberta, and even Canada, soon so that we can inspire even more of our future leaders to build stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities.
To get more information about Internet for Good, including details about how to qualify for the pilot program in B.C. or Alberta, please read our Q&A here.