The federal government and Quebec have announced Phase II of Operation High Speed, its joint initiative to expand high-speed internet to more homes in the province.
On Thursday, Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed will see a joint investment of $94 million, to bring high-speed internet to over 18,200 homes ($5,164 per home).
The funds will go towards projects by the Coopérative de solidarité du Suroît (CSUR), the Table d’action en communication et technologies de l’information de la MRC de Coaticook (TACTIC), First Nations Wireless, Développement Innovations Haut-Richelieu (IHR Télécom), Xplornet, Bell, Cooptel, Association pour la télédistribution et radio La Minerve, Antoine-Labelle, Argenteuil, D’Autray, Matawinie and Montcalm RCMs.
Today’s investment is in addition to the 150,000 homes covered in an announcement from March, and the 66,000 homes already covered under other government programs.
Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed will provide Quebec with the highest connectivity rate in Canada, at more than 99%, says both governments.
Yesterday, it was announced $4.47 million would be spent to bring high-speed internet to 310 homes ($14,419 per home) in the La Haute-Côte-Nord Regional County Municipality (RCM), powered by Vidéotron and completed by September 2022.
Les Bergeronnes, Les Escoumins, Sacré-Cœur and Tadoussac are covered under yesterday’s Videotron announcement.
For those in rural areas seeking internet now, you can sign up for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet, which costs $649 CAD for the satellite dish and a monthly fee of $129 CAD per month, with download speeds of about 200 Mbps.