BC investing historic $50M to improve internet service in rural areas

Mar 9 2019, 3:01 am

The BC government has announced what they’re calling “the largest investment in connectivity” in the province’s history.

$50 million is being committed to expanding high-speed internet service for those living in rural and indigenous communities.

Approximately 200 communities are expected to benefit from the investment.

“Connectivity helps small communities grow and prosper by creating jobs, attracting new residents and enabling more young people to stay in their hometowns,” says Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services.

The investment links in with the Connecting British Columbia program, an initiative funded by the provincial government that provides infrastructure to rural and remote areas in BC.

Since July 0f 2017, 417 communities have been reached by the program, including 74 indigenous communities and 43,000 households

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