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CRTC Broadband Fund to contribute up to $57.7 million to transport projects
March 19, 2021 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Today, the CRTC announced that seven transport projects will receive up to $57.7 million in funding from the Broadband Fund.
Approximately 1,400 km of fibre transport network will be built in northern Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The projects will target 15 rural and remote communities representing almost 6,500 households, including five communities that are both Indigenous and official-language minority communities. Once the networks are completed, they will provide improved transport connectivity for the targeted communities and will connect up to 55 institutions that provide a public service, such as schools, medical facilities and libraries.
The Broadband Fund will allocate a total of up to $57.7 million to:
The funding recipients will have to provide wholesale access to their infrastructure to entities that wish to offer retail Internet services. By improving broadband connectivity and helping to foster competition, the projects will positively impact the surrounding communities.
Prior to receiving funding, each recipient must complete a statement of work setting out the details of its project, including schedules and costs, which must be approved by the CRTC. It is anticipated that construction for some projects announced today will start in the second half of 2021 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.
“We are pleased to fund these high-quality projects that will bring fibre networks to communities that have been struggling with slower Internet connections. Canadians living in those parts of the country can look forward to improved broadband connectivity, which is essential to participate in Canada’s digital economy. While there remains much work to be done, we are getting closer to the objective of providing broadband Internet access to 90% of Canadian homes and businesses by the end of 2021.”
– Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC
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