Federal government commits $475 million to extend internet to 60,000 more rural homes • iPhone Canada Blog

The federal government announced this week that it will invest up to $17.6 million to extend high-speed internet to more than 27,000 homes in New Brunswick, in addition to previously announced $55 million in funding, to connect every household in the province by 2030.

While the Premier’s Office headlined the announcement of high-speed internet in New Brunswick, it also noted that the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) would receive a top-up of $475 million to connect 60,000 additional rural households across the country.

According to the government, so far it has announced that up to 900,000 additional households will benefit from high-speed internet access with more to come. By 2026, Ottawa wants 98% of Canadians to be connected to high-speed internet and so far that goal is on track, with the current figure standing at 93.5%.

“From the student who relies on the Internet to turn in their homework on time, to the small business owner who sells their products around the world online, every Canadian, no matter where they are in the country, deserves good high-speed Internet. reliable. With today’s announcement, we will continue to improve and expand high-speed Internet access in communities across the country to build an economy that works for all Canadians,” said Premier Minister Justin Trudeau in a press release.

The UBF represents a $3.2 billion investment so far from the federal government to extend high-speed internet to all Canadians by 2030. Provincial partnerships include British Columbia, Alberta , Ontario, Quebec (phases 1 and 2 of the high-speed operation), Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

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