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RDBN looking at survey to diagnose lack of high speed internet in rural areas

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is continuing their efforts to improve internet in the rural areas.

They’re looking at having a survey done to see what’s needed for high speed internet in every corner of the region.

It’s an issue Rural Houston Director Rob Newell says he’s been working on for some time.

“We’re looking at the whole communications connectivity as far as cell phone coverage as well,” says Newell.

He says it’s not only a safety issue for people accessing emergency communications along the Highway 16 corridor, it’s also economically beneficial to have strong internet across the board.

“Where housing is affordable, where people can run their house from their home….they’ll look at coming out into the rural areas rather than in the cities.”

Chair Bill Miller indicated funding could come from all levels of government, including federal tax grants.

The district will look at doing the survey at this week’s board meeting.

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