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Business News – Province kicks in $2.3M for seven Northern Ontario broadband projects

Business News – Province kicks in $2.3M for seven Northern Ontario broadband projects

Business News –

The province is ponying up $2.3 million for seven broadband growth projects in Northern Ontario.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford, the province’s minister of energy, Northern advancement and mines, announced the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. money in a June 16 news release.

” Now more than ever, there is a requirement to enhance broadband services in Northern Ontario. For too long, the North has actually lacked access to high-speed internet with restricted connection in many remote communities,” Rickford said in the release.

” Broadband is an essential chauffeur for financial development, innovation and task production and keeps our Northern communities connected to their households and organisations. Our federal government is proud to support these important infrastructure tasks.”

The jobs consist of:

▪ $1,036,772 for the Corporation du Développement Économique et Communautaire (CDEC) de Dubreuilville to set up fibre-optic infrastructure from Wawa to Dubreuilville, along with to plan and secure collaborations with telecommunications companies for future broadband enhancement projects;-LRB- .

▪ $461,971 for Ontario Research Study and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) to upgrade its fibre-optic network and set up 11 in-line amplifier sites between Sudbury and Thunder Bay;

▪ $240,804 for Tbaytel to deliver internet services in the rural areas surrounding Thunder Bay, including the towns of Shuniah, Oliver-Paipoonge, Neebing and Fort William First Nation;-LRB- .

▪ $232,500 for North Eastern Ontario Communications Network (NEOnet) Inc. to launch and administer its Broadband for Remote Locations program, which will supply grants to little and medium-sized enterprises located in Northern Ontario to help with the purchase and setup of specialized equipment that will provide two-way, high-speed web service;-LRB- .

▪ $173,000 for Mitaanjigamiing First Country to upgrade broadband fiber optic cable and facilities in the neighborhood;-LRB- .

▪ $139,130 for Keewaytinook Okimakanak to protect an 18- month contract for prolonged satellite bandwidth for the remote First Countries of Fort Hope, Martin Falls, Neskantaga and Webequie till permanent fiber optic cable is installed; and

▪ $110,942 for Keewaytinook Okimakanak to update broadband fibre-optic cable and infrastructure in the Ojibway Country of Saugeen neighborhood.

The financing announcement follows an earlier allocation of $150 million, which will be shelled out to rural, remote and underserved neighborhoods across Ontario.

It belongs to the province’s five-year, $315- million initiative called to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Strategy.

— Northern Ontario Organisation

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