Redford government and Special Areas partner to improve Internet access

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 August 30, 2013

Residents in the Special Areas rural municipality will have greater access to high-speed Internet through a $111,975 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant.

“Whether it’s a student doing homework, an entrepreneur exploring new opportunities or a family staying connected, the Internet has become a part of everyday life,” said Premier Alison Redford. “As we continue to build Alberta, it is essential that Albertans in all parts of our province have access to this powerful tool.”

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.

The Special Areas project includes work on three tower sites and installation of broadband network equipment.

“This funding will enable our farmers and rural residents to be connected to the world,” said Jay Slemp, chair of the Special Areas Board. “Being connected to global market information, real-time weather, research on rapidly evolving technology advances, online banking, online repair manuals and quality of life connections with family and friends are now possible.”

The Final Mile Rural Community Program is part the Final Mile Rural Connectivity Initiative, a joint-effort between Service Alberta and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The goal is ensure at least 98 per cent of Albertans have access to high speed Internet, regardless of where they live.

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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