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  Friday, Jan 19, 2018 


BC Gov't News
Dial-Up Days are Done for many in BC

155 rural communities to get hi-speed internet connectivity

By BC Gov't Caucus/Wiki pic


hrough a combined investment of $45.4 million, the Government of Canada in partnership with the Government of British Columbia is bringing new or improved high-speed Internet to 154 rural and remote communities, enabling residents to get online. Of these 154 communities, 44 First Nations will benefit.

The funding was announced by the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; the Honourable Jinny Sims, British Columbia Minister for Citizens' Services; and Jennifer Rice, British Columbia Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Member of the Legislative Assembly for the North Coast, at Canada Place in Vancouver.

This investment will help residents of these communities connect with family and friends, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age. It will also help connect schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to networks that are essential to their services.

Today's investment includes new subsea fibre optic cable that will connect communities between Prince Rupert and Vancouver, as well as around Vancouver Island—a total of 3.5 million metres of cable. Thanks to this investment in high-capacity networks in remote and underserved communities, all British Columbians, including First Nations, will be able to fully participate in the digital economy.

"Access to high-speed Internet is not a luxury; it's essential. High-speed Internet service is a basic tool that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need this service to do business, upgrade their education and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, more Canadians will able to participate fully in the digital economy," said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

• Connect to Innovate is a program that aims to provide Canadians in underserved communities with access to high-speed Internet by investing in backbone networks, upgrading capacity and extending access.
• Of the $45.4 million invested in coastal British Columbia:• $22 million will come from the Connect to Innovate program;
• $12 million will come from Indigenous Services Canada; and
• $11.4 million will come from the Government of British Columbia, through the Connecting British Columbia program.
• The organizations receiving funding are:
• CityWest Cable and Telephone—$9.3 million from the federal government and $3.1 million from the Government of British Columbia to improve high-speed Internet service for 23 communities and 97 institutions
• Strathcona Regional District—$24.6 million from the federal government and $8.4 million from the Government of British Columbia to improve high-speed Internet service for 131 communities and 63 institutions
• The $45.4 million in funding is for backbone networks that will bring fibre optic cable to 154 communities, connect institutions and indirectly improve Internet connections for an important number of households along the British Columbia Coast.
• The Government of Canada's Connect to Innovate program is investing $500 million to go toward building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.
• Connect to Innovate will also fund last-mile connections to households that don't have high-speed Internet.
• Connect to Innovate is part of the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class.


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