Alberta commits $150M to jump-start rural broadband, seeks private, federal support

Alberta commits $150M to jump-start rural broadband, seeks private, federal support

CAMROSE, Alta. - Alberta is committing up to $150 million to improve internet connectivity in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Premier Jason Kenney says the money is meant to help bring in contributions from private companies and the federal government. The government is still working out the details of a timeline and where the $150 million would be spent. Kenney says Alberta was once a national leader in rural broadband, but has fallen back in the last 15 years. The province says 80 per cent of First Nations and 67 per cent of rural areas don’t have access to reliable broadband internet coverage. Kenney says that means about 12 per cent of Alberta homes face an intolerable obstacle in the digital age. “Many rural Albertans are underserved when it comes to broadband, to wireless, and to connectivity to the digital economy,” Kenney said Thursday. “This limits the ability of those communities to attract investment and participate fully in our growing digital economy as well as benefit from services like digital health care.” Paul McLauchlin, head of the Rural Municipalities of …
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