Saturday, November 28

Ottawa

Carriers, Ottawa, Quebec, Telus

The feds invest $ 8.5 million for a faster Internet in rural Quebec

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada has announced that it will invest more than $ 8.5 million to bring the Internet faster to rural Quebec, as part of three new projects. Part of the Connect to Innovate program, which aims to put Canadians online to work, learn and more, ISED says the funds will be allocated as follows:$ 1,015,368 for Télébec to carry out two projects using fiber optic technology to provide high-speed Internet in the community of Belcourt, located northeast of Val-d'Or, and in the Launay area in the regional county municipality of Abitibi; and $ 7,500,000 for TELUS to undertake a project using fiber optic technology to provide high-speed Internet to 18 communities located northwest of Baie-Comeau."These projects will help expand the...
Carriers, Ottawa

Rogers, Telus, Bell Must Cut Prices of 2GB-6GB Plans by 25% Says Ottawa

The federal government issued an update today on its goal to lower wireless pricing by 25% over the next two years. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) today released its first set of wireless pricing data for plans in the 2GB to 6GB range, dated from February to June 2020. The government says Rogers, Telus, Bell and their flanker brands “will be expected to offer plans in the 2 GB to 6 GB range that are 25 percent cheaper.” What happens if these companies don’t follow along? Ottawa will then “look at other regulatory tools to further increase competition in the marketplace and help reduce prices,” which could come in the form of MNVO access to increase competition. “Our government is optimistic that it can continue working with the big three providers t...
COVID, funding, Local, Ottawa, Transit

Feds, province to give $4B to municipalities for COVID-19 recovery – The Canadian News

In an agreement the province is calling historic, the Ontario government and the federal government have partnered to provide $4-billion to municipalities in urgently needed COVID-19 recovery funding. The money is a one-time funding to help relieve financial pressures for shelters, food banks, public health, and transit. In the agreement, Ottawa is providing $777 million and $1.22 billion is coming from the province in support for municipalities. The money from Ottawa is part of the Safe Restart Agreement which would see $19 billion handed out across the country – of which Ontario will be getting $7-billion. “By working together, we have united the country in the face of the immense challenges brought on by COVID-19 and secured a historic deal with the federal government to e...