July 2019
Ontario Announces Broadband and Cellular Plan for Rural and Remote Communities

2019-07-23 11:38:49 AM

Premier Doug Ford today announced a new plan to improve and expand service for rural and remote communities. The plan, Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan, will see an investment from the province of $315 million over five years, which the government says will result in connecting up to 220,000 new homes and businesses.

The plan has four pillars of action:

  • Deliver regional and shovel-ready projects in Southwester, Eastern, and Northern Ontario.

  • Invest in broadband and cellular infrastructure through a  $150 million investment program in 2020-21.

  • Maximize existing programs and assets by providing additional resources to communities.

  • Modernize government to remove barriers and cut red tape to “make it easier for government and the private sector to deliver broadband projects.”

The government has previously committed itself to investing $71 million, alongside the federal government, to support the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) project, which aims to eliminate cellular dead zones in the region. SWIFT, the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology, is also recieving support from the government through a $63.7 million investment.

For more information and related news, please see below:

Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan

Ontario Newsroom: Ontario Improving Internet and Cell Phone Service in Rural and Remote Communities

AMCTO: Ontario Outlines Policy Framework for Updated Data Strategy


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