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Canada’s minister for rural economic development urges small local Internet service providers to take advantage of a federal program to fast track their projects. Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development, and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin met with local media UISPVHIBWJSUVBMUFMFDPOGFSFODF/PWFNCFS to explain how the federal government’s expanded Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) will help regional Internet and cellular service improvement projects across Canada and to encourage local service providers to submit their project proposals the Rapid Response Stream application process (RRS) before the January 5, 2021, deadline. Both the minister and MP Drouin noted that this pandemic crisis has highlighted the importance of broadband access for residents and businesses. “The government of Canada is putting its full weight behind this very important infrastructure,” said Minister Monsef. Added Drouin: “I have heard countless residents (in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) tell me about the importance of having good access to broadband.” The federal government increased its original $1 billion funding plan for the UBF to $1.75 billion to guarantee adequate funding available to support large-scale regional broadband improvement proposals like the &BTUFSO0OUBSJP3FHJPOBM/FUXPSLT &03/ Gig project for ultra-fast broadband service Monsef noted that the CRTC’s own reports indicate that only 50 per cent of homes and businesses in the GPR have access to high- speed Internet that provides 50 Megabyte upload speed and 10Mgb download speed. That is now the global average for efficient and effect broadband service and Monsef that the goal for the UBF program is to make sure that all of Canada’s urban and rural areas have at least 50/10 broadband access. The government also created the RRS component of the UBF program to help small Internet Service Providers (ISP) who have “shovel-ready” projects for improving their existing local broadband services and expanding those services to cover a wider area. Both Monsef and Drouin noted that RRS will prove a great help in meeting the federal goal for improved rural Internet service. The minister and MP also noted that the federal government is also reviewing the issue of broadband service pricing to ensure that high-speed Internet service is affordable for everyone. Monsef noted that one condition of the RRS is that ISPs must provide details of their service price rates with funding applications for their projects “Projects that offer lower (user) rates will be received more favourably,” she said.
Maryam Monsef, ministre des Femmes, de l’Égalité des genres et du Développement économique rural, exhorte tous les fournisseurs régionaux de services Internet à tirer parti d’un programme fédéral de soutien financier nouvellement renforcé pour les projets d’amélioration du haut débit. La ministre et le député Francis Drouin ont rencontré les médias locaux lors d’une téléconférence virtuelle le 13 novembre au sujet de mesures visant à accélérer la mise en oeuvre d’un service Internet ultra-rapide dans l’Est ontarien. —photo fournie
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