Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Tuesday an investment of over $5 million to expand high-speed internet to over 7,339 homes in rural Alberta.
Clearwater County and Switch Incorporated will receive funding from Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, to implement high-speed internet for Nordegg, Hay Lakes, New Sarepta, Cooking Lake, Collingwood Cove and Tofield.
“This investment will bring reliable high-speed Internet access to 7,339 households in Nordegg, Hay Lakes, New Sarepta, Cooking Lake, Collingwood Cove and Tofield, Alberta, helping create jobs, improving access to health care and online learning services, and keeping people connected. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has committed $7.2 billion to connect rural Canadians to better, faster Internet. We will continue making investments like these in rural and remote communities to help connect every single Canadian to high-speed Internet,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, in a statement.
Back in March, the federal government and Alberta announced a jointly-funded project to expand internet to 200,000 households, with an up to $780 million investment.