CRTC Broadband Fund to introduce or improve Internet access services and mobile wireless services for 46 communities in five provinces
OTTAWA, ON and GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 4, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, the CRTC announced that 10 projects will receive up to nearly $20.5 million in funding from the Broadband Fund.
The projects will potentially benefit approximately 3,625 households in 46 communities, including 16 Indigenous communities, in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Broadband Fund will allocate funds to:
With today's announcement, the Broadband Fund has to date committed up to nearly $177. million to improve broadband services for 153 communities, representing approximately 28,125 households. Among the projects previously approved, regional governments and smaller companies will receive up to $82 million in funding to close the digital divide in the most isolated communities of Canada. This includes funding for a satellite project in northern Manitoba and for two transport projects in Nunavik.
The funding recipients will have to provide broadband Internet access services or mobile wireless services that either meet the universal service objective or move communities closer to attaining it. In some cases, the projects will introduce broadband services to communities that currently have no such services.
Prior to receiving funding, recipients must complete a statement of work setting out the details of each project, including schedules and costs, which must be approved by the CRTC. It is anticipated that construction for most projects announced today will start in the first half of 2022 at the earliest.
The CRTC is continuing to evaluate the applications submitted under the second call for applications. Further funding announcements will be made as additional projects are approved.
- Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC
SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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