Rodrigo Diaz M.
The Ontario government is investing $ 10.9 million to bring faster and more reliable broadband internet to various First Nations towns and communities in northern Ontario.
By investing in improving Internet access, Ontario is helping to bridge the digital divide and create more economic opportunities for residents and businesses in the north of the province.
“Now more than ever, people in Northern Ontario and across the province need access to faster and more reliable broadband service,” said Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure. “Our investments will make it easier for people to work and learn from home, run their businesses, access vital services and connect with others.”
This investment is part of Ontario’s Up to Speed: Cellular and Broadband Action Plan, and will bring faster Internet to more than 7,000 homes and businesses across the North.
On November 4, 2020, the Ontario government announced a $ 680 million investment in addition to its current commitment to improve connectivity in the province, representing a historic investment of almost $ 1 trillion in six years.
“COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges facing our remote northern communities, including access to reliable, high-speed Internet service,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Mines and Indigenous Affairs, Ontario.
“An efficient and modern broadband infrastructure is critical to advancing the economic recovery and development of Northern Ontario. Our government’s investment is an important step in ensuring that northern communities have access to distance education, vocational training and business opportunities. ”
“A reliable broadband service is certainly necessary for life in the 21st century and today’s announcement is a step towards improving broadband for our rural businesses, families and individuals,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development. , Ontario trade and job creation. “Now more than ever, Ontarians depend on the Internet to access services, work from home, and connect with loved ones.”