Cable & Telecom

81K Canadians subscribed to Connecting Families initiative

By Ahmad Hathout OTTAWA -- The low-cost internet subsidy program Connecting Families has enrolled just over 81,000 households, but many thousands more are eligible, according to an Innovation Canada tally. The program's first iteration was launched in November 2018 and offered low-income Canadians 10 Mbps download and 100 GB for $10 per month. An updated version, called Connecting Families 2.0, launched on April 1, 2022 and increased those speeds to 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload -- the federal objective speeds -- and 200 GB of monthly data for $10 more. Both options, however, are available. According to ISED...