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Government of British Columbia announces new connectivity funding program

VICTORIA, BC — The province’s new funding program to support the expansion of high-speed Internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities is open for applications.

According to a statement from the British Columbia Ministry of Citizen Services, applicants can apply for funding that will support broadband expansion in areas that do not have access to internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per month. second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload. the rapidity.

According to a statement, this is the target speed for the universal service objective set by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, a federal telecommunications regulatory agency.

Earlier this year, the governments of British Columbia and Canada announced an agreement to invest up to $830 million to improve and expand broadband connectivity infrastructure across British Columbia. British.

This would build on the province’s investments and include a $289 million commitment announced in Budget 2022.

This funding will be provided through the Connecting Communities BC program and supports the province’s goal of connecting all households to high-speed internet access by 2027.

The goal would aim to “level the playing field” for British Columbians and ensure that every community has access to jobs, education, training, health care and new economic opportunities.

For more information on Connecting Communities BC, visit the government website.

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