Faster, More Reliable Internet Coming to Rural British Columbia

  • Connecting British Columbia
OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Ten British Columbia Internet service providers are receiving a total of approximately $16 million (Canadian) from the Government of Canada to increase broadband Internet access for approximately 23,000 households throughout rural British Columbia. The Government of British Columbia is also providing approximately $3.4 million for six of the projects through its Connecting British Columbia program.

Canadians in all parts of the country need access to high-speed Internet to take advantage of new economic and business opportunities and to connect with friends and family in Canada and beyond. This funding through the Connecting Canadians program will provide the communities with access to broadband at speeds of five megabits per second or more.

"Mascon is very excited to be working with the federal government to bring much-needed high-speed Internet to Lee Creek, St. Ives, Mara, Tofino and Silver Creek," said Darren Muloin, General Manager, Mascon Cable Systems. "Once the project is completed, all these areas will be connected by fiber optics and have speeds up to 1 Gbps. Providing fiber-based services to rural communities is very expensive, but with the government helping to cover some of the costs, these projects become affordable and make a big difference to the people living in these remote regions of British Columbia."

Quick facts

  • The $305-million Connecting Canadians program is extending and enhancing broadband service to over 300,000 households across Canada.

  • Additionally, through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada will invest $500 million over five years for a new program to extend and enhance broadband services in rural and remote communities.

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