The federal government and Quebec continue to make announcements on how much money it is spending to expand high-speed internet in the province.
The joint Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed project announced on Monday it will spend $62.8 million to bring Cogeco high-speed internet to 15,350 households in the Laurentides region (it works out to $4,091 per household).
The project will see Cogeco receive $48.9 million to deploy high-speed internet to targeted areas, , expected to be completed by September 2022.
“This is excellent news for the Laurentides region and for rural Quebec as a whole. The pandemic has shown us how essential high-speed Internet access has become for our communities, not only for bringing people together virtually but also for working, studying and doing business,” said Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation, in a statement.
Operation High Speed plans to bring high-speed connectivity to 150,000 homes in Quebec, through a partnership with six internet service providers, at a cost of $826.3 million.
For rural Canadians, SpaceX’s Starlink internet is available for sign up, with service rapidly expanding each month as the satellite constellation continues to grow each month.