Redford Government and County of Vermilion River partner to improve Internet access for rural residents

 
 
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 June 13, 2013
County of Vermilion River residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $213,750 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant.

“The Internet is a powerful tool that puts a wealth of information at our fingertips,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Ensuring Albertans across this province have the opportunity to use this tool is part of our ongoing efforts to build Alberta and support our vibrant rural communities.”

The Government of Alberta’s Final Mile Rural Community Program is investing more than $5 million in 23 projects that will expand high-speed Internet service in locations across the province. Municipalities, First Nations and Métis Settlements were eligible to apply for grants covering up to 75 per cent of Internet infrastructure expenses such as towers, fibre optic cable, wireless equipment, installation costs, and radio licence fees.

“This government is delivering on its commitment to ensure at least 98 per cent of Albertans have access to high speed Internet, regardless of where they live,” said Manmeet S. Bhullar, Minister of Service Alberta, who launched the Final Mile Central Satellite Program earlier this year. “By working in partnership with communities, we will connect more households in rural and remote areas with this important service that brings a world of knowledge and opportunity right into our homes.”

The County of Vermilion River project will include the construction of at least three new tower sites and the purchase of broadband network equipment.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with our plans to improve Internet service in our area,” says Murray King, Councillor for the County of Vermilion River. “This project will help enhance the quality of life for our county residents.”

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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