Bringing Broadband Service To Greenstone – #920082
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
April 25, 2008 – 052
McGuinty Government Helps Provide High-Speed Internet To Eight Communities
Eight communities in Northwestern Ontario are about to be connected to the information highway.The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $320,000 to the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre to establish high-speed Internet access and enhance existing broadband infrastructure.
This will give residents, businesses and larger regional institutes that currently lack high-speed Internet service access to online business and education opportunities and a range of government services.
“We want northern residents to have access to a wide variety of services, and northern businesses to be able to connect with customers anywhere in the world,” said Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, who also chairs the NOHFC.
The project will make commercial high-speed Internet service available to 800 households and 150 businesses in the communities of Armstrong, Caramat, Geraldton, Longlac and Nakina, as well as Aroland, Gull Bay and Whitesand First Nations.
Broadband information and communications technology services are directly linked to improved public health and safety, better business practices and increased access to services, all of which contribute to the vitality and economic growth of communities.
In 2007, the NOHFC refocused part of its Emerging Technology Program to invest in telecommunications infrastructure projects that will help bring broadband Internet and cellular service to most of Northern Ontario over the next three years.
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Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister’s Office, 416-327-0655
Michel Lavoie, Communications Branch, 705-564-7125