Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is pleased to announce the launch of Connecting Canadians - the Government of Canada's plan to bring high-speed Internet to 280,000 Canadian households currently without Internet or with slower access.
Maguire said, "I am currently in consultation with constituents to determine what parts of Brandon-Souris are underserved so that we can improve internet access and grow our rural economy. I will continue to stand up for the unique challenges facing rural Manitoba and I will ensure that the voice of our region is heard so that we can build stronger communities"
Between now and 2017, the Government will invest up to $305 million to extend access to broadband Internet at speeds of 5 megabits per second (Mbps) to 98 percent of Canadian households, mainly in rural and remote communities. Internet speeds of 5 Mbps or faster enables reliable access to new technologies and services such as videoconferencing, cloud computing and social media, allowing Canadians in these areas to connect and take full advantage of the digital economy.
This $305-million investment will provide incentives for the private sector to invest in wireless and wireline Internet services in areas of the country that previously did not have access to high-speed Internet services. This will create thousands of new investment opportunities by breaking down barriers to entrepreneurship and connecting businesses in rural areas to the rest of Canada so that we can grow our rural economy and enhance our quality of life.
In the weeks ahead, Canadians and Internet service providers (ISP) are invited to visit the new Connecting Canadians website to offer their input on communities that could be eligible to receive funding.
To find out if your community is eligible for this program, please visit Canada.ca/DigitalCanada
- Connecting Canadians delivers on the Harper Government's commitment in Economic Action Plan 2014 to bring high-speed Internet to an additional 280,000 Canadian households in rural and remote regions of the country.
- The maps on the Connecting Canadians website were developed to obtain feedback from Canadians, ISPs, and provincial and territorial governments across the country to identify those communities that are most in need of investment for greater access to high-speed Internet.
- Information about communities considered in need and eligible for funding will be made public this fall, followed by a call for applications from ISPs.
- Companies interested in participating in Connecting Canadians will be invited to submit applications for projects this fall. The first projects are expected to be announced in spring 2015.