New funding announced for rural broadband Internet

by Liam Britten

Industry Canada announced that 30,000 rural and remote homes will receive high-speed Internet soon, thanks to an additional $29.1 million in funding from the federal government.

The announcement comes after the CRTC heard from industry representatives about costs and what role government should play in delivering high-speed Internet service to rural Canadians. The CRTC is separately funding rural access to high-speed Internet under a $421.9 million expansion plan. Industry Canada, including this new funding, will spend $152.2 million.

As The National Post reports, though, there have been some oversights in the funding from the feds; in particular, some communities are slated to receive broadband upgrades when they already have high-speed Internet.

Newtonville, Ont., a town of about 800 people less than an hour's drive from Toronto, made it onto the CRTC's list despite having had digital subscriber line service from Bell Canada for more than five years.

"Newtonville tends to be one of those forgotten towns when it comes to these things," said Vicki Burrows, co-chairwoman of Newtonville's governing body, in attempting to explain why Newtonville might appear on a CRTC list of communities without broadband. "But we definitely have DSL here," she said.


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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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