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BC and Canada announce funding to improve high speed internet in rural communities

Ottawa and BC have announced a funding boost to improve high-speed internet and mobile connectivity in rural communities. 

A news release said that up to $108 million in combined funding will be available which would bring high-speed internet access to up to 14,000 households. 

Communities and First Nations  within the Northwest are included in this funding.

Additionally, the projects are a part of an existing agreement between the province and Canada  that would invest up to $830 million to provide all residents in rural, remote and Indigenous communities with internet access. 

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Communities within the Bulkley Valley and Lakes  involved with this funding include:

  • Decker Lake
  • Fort Fraser
  • Grassy Plains
  • Hagwilget
  • New Hazelton
  • Round Lake 
  • Wet’suwet’en Village

BC and Canada added that projects under the agreement will be announced over the coming months.

Additionally, Canada is working toward 100% of Canadians having access to high speed internet by 2030 with B.C’s target by 2027.

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