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Another $10.9M in provincial funds announced for high-speed internet projects

Upgraded service will impact residents in northwestern Ontario
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The province has announced the allotment of $10.9 million to expand broadband internet service in multiple municipalities and Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario.

The funding is part of the Up to Speed: Ontario's Broadband and Cellular Action Plan, a $1-billion fund announced as part of Budget 2019, to help bring faster high-speed internet to homes across the province.

Projects being funded by the allotment include:

  • building infrastructure that brings high-speed broadband to more areas in Chisholm, Marathon, Terrace Bay, rural Thunder Bay and Oliver Paipoonge;
  • constructing a new 22-kilometre fibre backbone network that brings high-speed broadband to Seine River First Nation, Couchiching First Nation, Rainy River First Nations, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation and Big Grassy First Nation; and
  • upgrading the speed and capacity of the K-Net network, owned by Keewaytinook Okimakanak and which serves more than 80 First Nation communities, while supporting future upgrades.
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