Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced approximately 90% of the 36,000 homes in Westman will have access to high-speed internet services by 2017. The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to rural Canadians to connect households and businesses in rural and remote regions of the country to high-speed internet at minimum speeds of five megabits per second (Mbps).
"Today's high-speed internet announcement is great news for Westman," said Maguire. "We live in an increasingly connected world where access to the internet is essential for participating in today's digital economy. It helps create jobs, realize economic opportunities and links Westman residents and local businesses to online services as well as far-off family members and friends."
A Westman based Internet provider, NetSet Communications, will invest $12 million dollars throughout the province in new towers and equipment upgrading its technology to TD-LTE Advanced. The Government of Canada will match NetSet Communications investment which will ensure homes and businesses in Westman have access to high-speed internet services.
The expansion project will commence on July 1, 2015 and will be completed by June 30, 2017 with the upgrading of 16 existing towers and building 18 new towers in Brandon-Souris. LTE provides better coverage, greater stability and faster speeds.
Robbie Zetariuk, Director of Marketing and Dealer Development for NetSet Communications said, "In 2011, NetSet Communications was successful in fulfilling our commitment to expanding our network on budget and on time. Our goals and commitment to the upgrading of our current network to LTE and expansion throughout the province will remain the same. NetSet Communications believes the responsibility of 'connecting people' to the world and the opportunities it presents is the backbone to a community's viability today and in the future. We look forward to celebrating Canada's 150th birthday by putting Manitoba on the map as one the best serviced provinces in the country."
"Today's announcement marks the next important phase in our plan to bring the benefits of high-speed internet to Canadian households. Providing Canadians with access to high-speed internet for learning, business opportunities and so much more is key to creating a more connected, digital Canada", said James Moore, Minister of Industry.
Last summer, the Government completed the first step, inviting Canadians to provide feedback online to help better determine areas in need of high-speed Internet access. Once information was received from individual Canadians and governments across the country, Industry Canada invited Internet Service Providers to submit proposals for funding under Connecting Canadians to build wireless or wired infrastructure that will provide services to rural and remote communities in need.
"Providing better access to high-speed internet has been a top priority of mine since I was elected and I will always stand up for the many unique challenges facing our rural communities," concluded Maguire. "By working together we are getting results for Westman and I will continue to be a strong voice for our region."