Feds to Spend $1 Million for SpaceX Starlink High-Speed Internet to 1,162 Homes in Manitoba

Today, the Government of Canada announced over $1 million in funding to bring high-speed Internet through Starlink to up to 1,162 rural households in St. Laurent, Twin Lakes Beach, Laurentia Beach, and Oak Point Manitoba (via Tesla North).

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Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, said that the funding will enable the Rural Municipality of St. Laurent to reimburse households in these four communities for the initial cost of connecting to SpaceX’s Starlink’s satellite network.

“This investment will bring reliable, high-speed Internet access to up to 1,162 rural households in St. Laurent and surrounding areas, 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,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development in a statement.

To date, 180 projects supported through the Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream have been announced. These projects will bring high-speed Internet to more than 92,000 households in rural and remote communities across Canada.

Numerous rural Canadians are already subscribing to SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet, which costs $129 CAD per month after $649 CAD for hardware (satellite dish and router).