OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 27, 2018 /CNW/ – The CRTC today announced the criteria that will be used to evaluate applications for funding from its Broadband Fund. Details were also announced regarding the fund’s governance, operating and accountability frameworks.
The Broadband Fund will provide $750 million over the first five years to support projects to build or upgrade infrastructure to provide fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet service to underserved Canadians. The Broadband Fund is designed to complement existing and future private investments and public funding.
The Broadband Fund will help close the gap in connectivity between rural and urban areas. The CRTC set a target that Canadians should have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads, as well as access to mobile wireless services including on major transportation roads.
In 2019, the CRTC will begin the competitive process to evaluate and select projects.
“Canadians living in rural and other underserved areas need high-quality broadband Internet and mobile wireless service to fully participate in the digital economy and to access health care, education, government and public safety services. Today’s decision marks a key milestone in setting up the Broadband Fund, which will facilitate access to these services to thousands of Canadians across the country. “
Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the CRTC
SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Minister Bains to visit Peterborough to make a high-speed Internet funding announcement
OTTAWA, July 24, 2018, /CNW/ – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, will visit Trent University in Peterborough, where they will speak to students and local entrepreneurs and business owners.
Minister Bains will then be in Corbyville, alongside Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings–Lennox, and Addington, and Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, to make an announcement related to the Government of Canada’s commitment to bring high-speed Internet service to Canadians living in rural and remote communities.