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Industry Canada names first projects getting Broadband Canada funding

May 10, 2010 | By Anthony Capkun

May 10, 2010
Tony Clement, minister of industry, announced the first series of projects to receive conditional funding approval under the “Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians” program. These 52 projects, in nine provinces and territories across Canada, will bring broadband internet access to an estimated 169,000 households.
These projects—which collectively will receive a federal contribution of about $76.7 million—comprise the first funding announcement under “Broadband Canada”; others will follow until all available funds have been allocated. The following companies are conditionally approved for funding:
• ABC (Allen Business) Communications Ltd.
• Barrett Xplore Inc.
• Corridor Communications Inc.
• Cybernet Communications Ltd.
• FlexiNET Broadband Inc.
• GwaiiTel Society
• Manitoba NetSet Ltd.
• Naskapi Imuun Inc.
• Navigue.com
• Northern Broadband Ltd.
• Northwestel Inc.
• OmniGlobe Networks (Conseil des Montagnais de Natashquan)
• OmniGlobe Networks (Shamattawa First Nation)
• OmniGlobe Broadband Inc.
• PCC Communications Inc.
• Vidéotron ltée
• Whapmagoostui Eeyouch Economic Development Corp.
Budget 2009, Canada’s Economic Action Plan, provided $225 million for the development and implementation of a strategy to extend broadband coverage. The biggest component of this strategy, says the ministry, is “Broadband Canada”, an initiative that targets Canadians living in unserved and underserved areas.
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