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.
• 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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