Province announces rural internet funding

By Greg Fry
March 8, 2019 - 10:29am Updated: March 8, 2019 - 6:07pm

PRINCE GEORGE —The provincial government announced an investment of $50 million to expand high-speed internet service for people living in approximately 200 rural and Indigenous communities in Prince George this morning.

Minister of Citizens' Services Jinny Sims said providing high-speed internet "provides the foundation for British Columbians to access online learning and telehealth care, conduct business and be alerted in an emergency."

A government news release noted since July 2017, projects supported by the Connecting British Columbia program to improve high-speed internet connectivity are underway or completed in 417 communities, including 74 Indigenous communities, or nearly 43,000 households.

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