Annual results show that many rural communities across the country will benefit from increased connectivity
OTTAWA, ON, December 15, 2022 /CNW/ – No matter where you live, access to reliable, affordable high-speed Internet is essential. Connecting with loved ones, growing a business, working remotely and accessing important services, such as health care and education, require a fast, reliable Internet connection.
Today, the Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, reported on the Government of Canada rapid progress toward its goal of connecting all Canadians, regardless of where they live, to high-speed Internet.
A year of progress
In November 2022the Prime Minister of CanadaThe right hon Justin Trudeauannounced a $475 million raised from the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), which brings in the full funding of the program $3.225 billion. As a result of UBF and other federal and provincial investments, the Government of Canada is on track to achieve its goal of providing high-speed Internet access to 98% of Canadian households by 2026 and 100% by 2030. Today, more than 93.5% of Canadian households have access to high-speed Internet or are aiming for access. with existing program commitments, compared to only 79% in 2014.
Since the launch of UBF, 251 projects have been announced, which will serve up to 328,000 households with affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. This includes 117 projects announced in 2022 alone. The government of Canada we look forward to announcing more UBF projects in 2023. Projects are posted online as they are announced.
Real results, real progress
The Rapid Response Stream (RRS) was established to fund shovel-ready projects that can connect households quickly. Today, RRS projects provide service to 83,000 households across the country, including up to 9,000 indigenous households.
The government of Canada has also entered into a joint venture financing relationship in Quebec, In Ontario, Newfoundland again Labrador, Alberta, British Columbiaagain Prince Edward Island connecting up to 823,000 homes in those states. Almost $2 billion in obtaining joint state funding, this partnership allows more families to be linked to UBF funding, helping to deliver national linkage goals faster.
Many states have made significant progress in achieving universal connectivity already. For a total of $920 million in provincial co-sponsoring under the Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, in Quebec achieved our common goal of providing high-speed Internet access to all residents in the state. Many other states, incl Prince Edward Island, British Columbia again Nova Scotia, are also very close to achieving universal connectivity. The government of Canada is working tirelessly with all states and territories to connect homeless homes.
Investments under the UBF produce tangible results for Canadians. In Sylvan Lake, Alberta, residents are already experiencing the benefits of a fast, stable Internet connection. Community members have reported significant improvements in their daily lives. Thanks to their new high-speed Internet service, the husband-and-wife business team can now work from home instead of just working in the office. This increase in productivity and flexibility means that they are consistently ranked among the top buyers in their company nationwide. Pikangikum First Nation, In Ontario, Starlink terminals purchased with RRS funding have already connected the local health authority, band office, school, community center, nursing center and police headquarters to high-speed internet. These connections have helped health authorities stay on top of the COVID-19 crisis through telephonic and online learning.
In November 2022, the government launched the High-Speed Internet Access Dashboard to provide Canadians with up-to-date information on the government’s progress on high-speed Internet access around the world. The dashboard allows Canadians to track national progress and government funding by province and territory.
Since 2015, the federal government has put in more than that $7.6 billion in improving connectivity everywhere Canada. This investment will ensure that the ability of rural communities to benefit from essential services is no longer limited by a lack of high speed internet access. The government of Canada will continue to work with provinces and territories, municipalities, aboriginal communities and Internet service providers so that all Canadians, regardless of where they live, have access to high-speed Internet as soon as possible.
“We all know that the Internet is no longer a luxury in this day and age—it’s a necessity. Access to fast, reliable Internet helps rural and remote communities by leveling the playing field so they can access essential services like health care and education, participate in the digital economy or simply connect with the people we love. Our progress this year brings us closer than ever to our goal of connecting all Canadians, regardless of where they live, to reliable, high-speed Internet by 2030. I’m happy to report that by 2022, we’ll provide access to more than 93.5% of Canadian households, compared to 79 % in 2014, and we are on track to reach our target.”
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development
The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is an organization $3.225 billion investment by the Government of Canada is designed to help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100% connectivity by 2030.
Today, 93.5% of Canadian households have access to high-speed Internet or are aiming for access through existing plan commitments, compared to only 79% in 2014.
Canada The Connectivity Strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.
Since 2015, the Government of Canada he did $7.6 billion available to build or upgrade broadband Internet infrastructure from coast to coast to coast.
The government of Canada also released an update to the National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map. Through this interactive tool, Canadians can find Internet service providers and ongoing communications projects in their area.
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