Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada announced on Monday it will invest close to $500,000 to bring high-speed internet to 280 homes in West Bragg Creek, Alberta.
The money will come from the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) and is part of a previous March announcement this year, when Alberta and the federal government said they would invest up to $780 million to expand high-speed internet to rural Alberta and Indigenous communities.
“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Alberta has access to reliable high-speed Internet. Today’s announcement of nearly $500,000 in federal funding to connect 280 households in West Bragg Creek is a milestone for Albertans. Investments like these from the federal government and the private sector are helping to create jobs, improve access to health care and online learning services, and keep us connected to our loved ones,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, in a statement.
The federal government is spending $2.75 billion as part of its UBF to bring high-speed internet to 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.