Silver surfers click on to affordable ISP

COFFS Coast pensioners are paying too much for internet services while a cheaper alternative is literally just a click away.

Local resident Barry Gracey is shocked by the horror stories he hears from the pensioners he helps with a variety of computer problems.

“One lady had her grandchildren visit one weekend and, unbeknownst to her, they exceeded the limit on her internet plan,” Mr Gracey said.

“She received a bill for $3000 - that's a lot of money for a pensioner.”

Mr Gracey said many pensioners are paying more than they can afford on their internet plans.

“There are people out there who can't get out of home, and the net is their interface with the world,” he said.

But Mr Gracey said there is already a solution to the problem, thanks to the government.

TADAust Connect is an internet service provider, developed by Technical Aid to the Disabled, which gives people with disabilities, aged pensioners and veterans access to the internet.

The service was created after it was identified that people on a pension found it difficult to pay for commercial ISP services, and were therefore being denied access to the internet.

Silver surfers are one of the fastest growing age groups now using the web with courses to learn more constantly booked out.

Information on the service that could help you can be found at www.tadaustconnect.org.au.



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