Alberta announces $150M for broadband internet in rural & Indigenous communities

Targets have been set by the CRTC to ensure every Canadian home and business has access to 50 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds by 2030

 

 

The Alberta government is investing to improve broadband in rural and Indigenous communities.

While the total cost of achieving that goal is pegged at around $1 billion, on Thursday the province announced a step in the right direction with a $150-million investment.

Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish says the money will be used to start construction on broadband expansion projects as soon as possible, will also creating jobs, improving access to health care and education and building new economic opportunities in rural Alberta

As of now, 80 percent of Indigenous communities and 67 percent of rural communities in Alberta do not have access to recommended high speed internet targets set by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Details on the funding, including what communities or projects will be able to access it, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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