Ontario, federal funds invest $45 million to upgrade high-speed internet in Northumberland County – Peterborough

The Ontario and federal governments are investing a combined $45 million to access and upgrade high-speed internet Northumberland County By the end of 2024, the region’s MPP announced on Friday.

In Codrington Village, Northumberland – Peterborough South Governor MPP David Piccini The province announced a $20 million stake in a high-speed delivery project Internet Access to all homes and businesses across the county. The project is also in partnership with the governorate and the private sector.

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“In this day and age, a fast and reliable internet connection isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,” Piccini stated. “I am delighted that our government is investing $20 million, and it accomplished this for Northumberland by providing better and faster internet for everyone in our community.”

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Piccini says the county has worked to establish a private sector-led facility that will design and build a local fiber optic communications network to address the county’s mountainous geographic challenges.

The tool will eventually provide open and end-to-end access to this network for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Internet service providers will use the network to provide high-speed Internet services, with the goal of providing a minimum Internet speed of one gigabit per second.

Northumberland County Administrator Bob Crete says closing the gaps in Internet connectivity is a priority for all levels of government. High-speed internet has been identified as a primary need as part of the county’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force.

Of the approximately 40,000 homes in the county, approximately 13,500 homes are considered unserved for connectivity.

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“That’s why Northumberland County is proud to offer an innovative approach to expanding high-speed Internet across our community by the end of 2024,” he said. We thank the regional and federal governments for the significant investments announced today, which will make the initiative possible. We look forward to working with our public and private sector partners to improve local connectivity.”

Funding is based on July 29, 2021, Partnership announced by the Federal and Provincial Governments To support large-scale fiber-based projects for more than 280,000 rural and remote families across the province.

In November 2020, Prime Minister Doug Ford announced that the government was Commitment of nearly $1 billion over six years To improve and expand broadband Internet and cell phone access throughout the county.

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