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Feds and B.C. to Invest $108 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet to 14,000 Homes

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The federal government and B.C. announced on Thursday a new joint $108 million in funding to expand high-speed internet to up to 14,000 homes, plus mobile connectivity for seven rural communities, including First Nations.

“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of British Colombia has access to reliable high-speed Internet. Today’s announcement of up to $108 million in funding to connect up to 14,000 rural households as well as improve mobile connectivity in seven communities in the province is great news for British Columbians. Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and online learning services, enhance safety and keep us connected to our loved ones.” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, in an issued statement.

Today’s announcement will bring high-speed internet to the following communities, according to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada:

  • Appledale
  • Baynes Lake
  • Blaeberry
  • Boothroyd
  • Bridge River
  • Burton
  • Carrolls Landing
  • Cayoose Creek
  • Cheslatta Carrier Nation
  • Chetwynd
  • Crawford Bay
  • Danskin
  • Dease Lake
  • Decker Lake
  • Dokie Siding
  • Donald
  • Elko
  • Erie
  • Fauquier
  • Field
  • Fort Fraser
  • Fort Steel
  • Galian Island
  • Gillie Bay
  • Gitwinksihlkw (Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw)
  • Grasmere
  • Grassy Plains
  • Hagwilget (Hagwilget Village)
  • Hall
  • Harrogate
  • Hills
  • Holberg
  • Iskut
  • Kanaka Bar
  • Keats Island
  • Kootenay Bay
  • Kragmont
  • Kyuquot (Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nations)
  • Laxgalts’ap (Nisga’a Village of Laxgalts’ap)
  • Lebahdo
  • Lemon Creek
  • Lillooet
  • Lower Hat Creek 2 (Bonaparte)
  • Lytton
  • Mapes
  • Mahatta River
  • Mayook
  • Meadowbrook
  • Meadows
  • McLeod Lake
  • Nadleh Whuten
  • Nass Camp
  • Nee-Tahi-Buhn
  • Nelway
  • New Aiyansh (Nisga’a Village of New Aiyansh)
  • New Brighton
  • Nisga’a Village of Gingolx
  • New Hazelton
  • Nicomen
  • Nulki
  • Park Siding
  • Parson
  • Passmore
  • Pavilion (Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation)
  • Perrys
  • Rosebery
  • Round Lake
  • Saik’uz First Nation
  • Saturna
  • Seton Lake
  • Seton Portage
  • Shalalth (Tsal’alh)
  • Silverton
  • Siska
  • Skin Tyee
  • Skookumchuck
  • Skuppah
  • Slocan Park
  • Southbank
  • South Shalalth
  • Spillimacheen
  • Spuzzum
  • Stellat’en First Nation
  • Summit Lake
  • Sweetwater
  • Ta Ta Creek
  • Tatalrose
  • Telegraph Cove
  • Tie Lake
  • T’it’q’et
  • Tobacco Plains
  • Ts’kw’aylaxw
  • Twidwell Bend
  • Upper Hat Creek 1 (Bonaparte)
  • Vallican
  • Van Anda
  • Wabi Hill
  • Walkers
  • Wardner
  • Wet’suwet’en Village (Wet’suwet’en First Nation)
  • Winlaw
  • Winter Harbour
  • Wynndel
  • Xaxli’p
  • Ymir

Improved mobile connectivity will expand to:

  • Gitwinksihlkw (Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw)
  • Laxgalts’ap (Nisga’a Village of Laxgalts’ap)
  • Nass Camp
  • New Aiyansh (Nisga’a Village of New Aiyansh)
  • Nisga’a Village of Gingolx
  • Nooaitch
  • Shackan

A previous joint federal and provincial announcement in March earmarked up to $830 million to expand high-speed internet to $115,000 homes.

“B.C.’s Economic Plan sets out to build our economy with an eye toward inclusive growth, and this announcement is a step forward in our commitment to connect all remaining B.C. communities by 2027 so that every person in every part of this province has an equal opportunity to succeed and contribute to our future,” said Lisa Beare, British Columbia Minister of Citizens’ Services, in an issued statement.

The government says it will continue to announce new investments to help achieve its national target of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.

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