Bell Gets $939,000 from Feds to Improve Mobile Connectivity in Rural Quebec

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Thursday it will be improving “mobile connectivity” in rural Quebec, with a nearly $1 million investment.

Up to $939,035 in federal funding will be provided to Bell to improve mobile connectivity in the First Nations community of Les Atikamekw de Manawan, says ISED. The federal government says they have invested over $731 million to improve connectivity in Quebec since 2015.

“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Quebec has access to reliable mobile service. Today’s announcement of up to $939,035 in funding to improve mobile connectivity in the Les Atikamekw de Manawan First Nation is great news for Quebecers. Investments like these enhance safety and keep us connected to our loved ones,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development.

The federal Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) with its $2.75 billion investment includes $50 million for mobile Internet projects aimed at benefitting Indigenous peoples, says the government.

The Government of Canada is aiming for a national target of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030, with internet speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.