Wednesday, Jan 6, 2015

Local News

Need for Speed

Grant to help outlying areas around Chilliwack upgrade internet service

Ashley Stewart, BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo

 

etwork Integrated Communications Ltd. is receiving a $37,550 provincial grant to expand high-speed Internet service in rural Chilliwack, Lookout Ridge, Rosedale and Ryder Lake areas by 2017.

“We continue to expand high-speed Internet service across our region,” Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. “Investments like this ensures residents and businesses in our rural areas have online access.”

“Connecting to high-speed Internet is essential in today’s online world,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. “Expanding Internet service to the rural parts of our area will help ensure residents and businesses can access the information they need.”

This project is funded through Connecting British Columbia, a $10-million multi-year grant program that helps pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to homes and businesses in rural B.C.

It is among nine new projects funded through Connecting British Columbia that will benefit more than 80 rural and remote communities, totalling more than $1.1 million. An additional eight projects benefiting 70 communities were announced in 2015.

Connecting British Columbia is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust and helps to pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to homes and businesses in rural locations across British Columbia.

B.C. is on track to meet its goal of 100 percent high-speed connectivity before 2021. Currently, 94 per cent of British Columbians have access to high-speed Internet. This makes B.C. one of the most connected jurisdictions in the world.

 

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