BC Government: Province makes historic investment in rural internet service

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 201922 Views

March 8, 2019

PRINCE GEORGE – Government is making the largest investment in connectivity in the province’s history, with $50 million to expand high-speed internet service for people living in approximately 200 rural and Indigenous communities.

“High-speed internet provides the foundation for British Columbians to access online learning and telehealth care, conduct business and be alerted in an emergency,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Connectivity helps small communities grow and prosper by creating jobs, attracting new residents and enabling more young people to stay in their hometowns, close to their loved ones.”

Since July 2017, projects supported by the Connecting British Columbia program to improve high-speed internet connectivity are underway or completed in 417 communities, including 74 Indigenous communities, or nearly 43,000 households.

“This new funding demonstrates that the Province is deeply committed to expanding connectivity and improving the quality of life of people living in rural and Indigenous communities,” said Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust. “Better access to high-speed internet helps close the digital divide between urban and remote areas and opens up countless opportunities for people throughout B.C.”

The Ministry of Citizens’ Services provides resources and expertise to help communities design new digital infrastructure in order to maximize the benefits of improved connectivity. Local governments and internet service providers are encouraged to work together to find the best solutions that meet the specific needs of their communities.

“High-speed internet is essential for companies of all sizes to grow their operations, reach new customers and offer innovative products and services,” said Lynda Pattie, executive director, AscenTECH Solutions. “Investments in broadband services inject new life into our local economies by creating opportunities for traditional and modern industries to thrive.”

Learn More:

Connecting British Columbia program: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/funding-programs/partner-programs/connecting-british-columbia/

Connectivity resources for communities: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/connecting-british-columbia-resources/

Success stories:
Connecting Granisle: https://youtu.be/e03Vo4LsYDs

Connecting Haida Gwaii: https://youtu.be/L8IhBdysbuU

Connecting Campbell River: https://youtu.be/qsWqFfnSw3Q

Connecting Port Alice: https://youtu.be/9VoTwrIkpN4

Connecting Tofino: https://youtu.be/slhyICl__BI

Connecting Trail: https://youtu.be/XN1ajtuK1ZQ

Connecting Nelson: https://youtu.be/IKcp87wVYpU

Contact:Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 387-0172

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