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SaskTel expands subsidized internet program, will now cover seniors and low-income families

SaskTel is launching the second phase of a subsidy program allowing seniors and low-income families to access high-speed internet.

The crown corporation says that through a federal government initiative, SaskTel is now able to open Connecting Families 2.0, customers that meet the criteria will get the infiNET 60 package, which has a  30/60 Mbps upload/download speed and unlimited data for $20 a month.

The first phase of the program opened this package to families receiving the maximum allowable amount from the Canada childcare benefit and was rolled out in 2018. This second phase, announced this week, now opens it to include seniors receiving the guaranteed income supplement.

The criteria for obtaining the package will be set by the federal government, which will determine which families receive the benefit.

CEO and President of SaskTel Doug Burnett says Connecting Families 2.0 ensures low-income seniors and families across Saskatchewan have the opportunity to connect and participate in the digital world.

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The federal government adds that Internet has become an essential service and a key driver for improving economic and social well-being, but despite this, over half of all families with a household income under $30,000 have no access to internet service.

By having this option, it allows more families to remain connected to each other, people to search for work, do schoolwork and make necessary appointments for services.

People can find out if they meet the criteria for this package on the Government of Canada’s website. 

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