Feds help provide high speed Internet

Feds help provide high speed Internet

The federal government will help provide high-speed internet access to nearly 2,600 homes in the Sault and area over the next few years, Sault Ste. Marie and area MP Brian Hayes announced Tuesday.

The enhanced service is an effort by Ottawa to connect an addition 280,000 households across the country, in rural and remote regions, to internet service at minimum speeds of five megabits per second.

“Today’s broadband infrastructure announcement is great news for the Sault area,” Hayes said in a prepared statement.

“The Harper Government understands the importance of high-speed Internet access for communities like ours. Connecting Canadians demonstrates the government’s commitment to delivering for rural Canadians,” said the local member of Parliament.

Ottawa is partnering with dozens of internet service providers to construct the infrastructure necessary to provide new or improved services to help Canadians perform what have become daily tasks online, such as banking, education and communication, the press release states.

Access to new services will improve economic opportunities and lead to the creation of new jobs, products and services.

The government initiative is an effort to help more Canadians take advantage of opportunities offered in the digital age.

“Today’s announcement marks the next important phase in our plan to bring the benefits of high-speed internet to 280,000 Canadian households,” said Minister of Industry, James Moore.

“Providing Canadians with access to high-speed internet for learning, business opportunities and so much more is key to creating a more connected, digital Canada.”

In its 2013 throne speech, the Stephen Harper Government earmarked $305 million over five years to extend and enhance broadband service.

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