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September 1, 2009
McGuinty Government Bringing Rural and Northern Ontario Online
A new partnership will help bring high-speed Internet to more residents and businesses in rural and Northern Ontario.The province’s Building Broadband in Rural and Northern Ontario Programis now accepting applications. As well, new infrastructure projects will be eligible to combine funding support from the Ontario government with assistance from the federal government’s Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians Program.
The Ontario government will provide up to one-third of the eligible project costs of approved plans put forward by private companies, consortiums and not-for-profit organizations that can build and operate telecommunications infrastructure.
Building broadband connectivity for Ontario’s families and businesses opens up new economic development, investment attraction and citizen engagement in rural and Northern Ontario.
• Today’s announcement is supported by $32.75 million which is part of the $87.75 million announced earlier this year to advance broadband projects in under-serviced areas of the province.
• Since 2007, the Ontario government has committed $70 million to increase broadband connectivity in rural areas in both southern and Northern Ontario.
• Broadband combines telecommunications infrastructure and service to deliver more Internet information at speeds far greater than dial-up service.
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