Through the Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, the Government of Canada has announced over $1.3 million in funding for Standard Broadband to bring high-speed Internet to rural residents of Ontario.
This project will connect 329 underserved households to high-speed Internet in Zimmerman and surrounding areas north of Burlington.
“We here at Standard Broadband are all very excited to bring our fibre to the home network to over 300 rural households and businesses in Burlington,” said Tom Williams, President and CEO, Standard Broadband.
“Today is a really important day for so many of our neighbours here in Halton. Fast and reliable Internet is essential for full participation in modern society,” said Adam Van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion.
“Rural households in North Burlington deserve the same access to high-speed broadband as city residents. Working from home, taking part in online learning and accessing telehealth services are all normal, everyday activities that rely on connectivity. Many rural residents are also farmers, business people and entrepreneurs who depend on reliable online access to participate in the global economy and put food on the table.”
Projects funded under the UBF, as well as through other public and private investments, will help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100% connectivity by 2030.
Last week, ISED announced over $289,000 in federal funding for high-speed Internet to 601 underserved households in the communities of Crysler and St-Albert, Ontario. Bell Canada will be adding $867,000 to the project.