The federal government is investing $27 million to bring high-speed internet to around 1,500 households in rural and remote communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The money will cover 31 projects to improve satellite internet service in 70 communities.
Federal cabinet minister and Newfoundland MP Seamus O’Regan along with Premier Dwight Ball announced the funding approval, which will see nearly $25 million will come from the Connect to Innovate federal program which aims to provide speeds of 5 Mbps or more to underserved communities. A further $2.1 million comes from the federal government’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency fund. Supplier Bell Aliant says they have contributed $9.2 million and Indigenous groups have also pitched in.
The $40-million investment works out to $26,646 for each one of those 1,500 households to have access to broadband internet.
High-speed internet for 99% of province
Premier Ball says the improved internet access will allow residents “to become more engaged in the digital economy, seize new business opportunities, and connect with friends and family around the world.” He claims that 99% of the population will have access to broadband internet.
Work will begin in the summer of 2018, but there is no timeline as to when it will be completed.
See, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s press release, January 2nd 2018, Significant Investments to Improve Internet Access in Newfoundland and Labrador