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Canada, Quebec to Spend $6.34M for Xplornet Broadband Internet for Côte-de-Beaupré RCM

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On Thursday, the Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed project announced a joint $6.34 million investment to bring broadband internet to 2,510 homes in the Côte-de-Beaupré RCM, at the cost of $2,525.90 per home.

The internet will be from Xplornet and will be operational by September 2022, a mere 16 months from now.

The investment will see Xplornet receive $3.8 million from Ottawa and Quebec to deploy high speed internet for:

  • Beaupré
  • Boischatel
  • Château-Richer
  • L’Ange-Gardien
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
  • Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges
  • Saint-Joachim
  • Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague-du-Cap-Tourmente
  • Saint-Tite-des-Caps

A press release noted Xplornet will “take an inventory of the targeted regions to ensure that no household will be left without service, over the next few months.

If the federal and provincial government of Quebec were to leverage SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet, at the cost of $649 per household for startup hardware, that works out to $1.62 million, only 26% of the total investment cost noted above.

Back in April, the federal government and Quebec announced the joint project would spend $96 million to expand high speed internet in the province.

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