The federal government is pledging to invest $1.7-billion to ensure that all Canadians will have access to high-speed internet by 2030.
In the budget released Tuesday, the government said it was committing to a national target to have 100% of Canadian homes and businesses having access to high-speed internet service in 11 years, no matter where they live.
The investment funding begins in 2019-20.
Calling fast and reliable internet access “a necessity,” the budget doc says that upgrading internet services will make it so every citizen in Canada can stay connected.
“It lets students and young people do their homework, stay in touch with their friends
and search for jobs. These investments will help ensure that young Canadians
living in rural and remote communities have the opportunity to make use of
the same online tools and applications — like cloud-based computing or
video streaming — as their friends or relatives living in urban areas.”