Redford government partners with rural communities to improve Internet access

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 December 6, 2013

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Four rural regions in eastern Alberta will have greater access to high speed Internet.

The County of St. Paul, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, Lac La Biche County and the Municipal District of Bonnyville are receiving
$1.2 million in grants through the Government of Alberta Final Mile Rural Community Program.

“The Internet is a powerful tool that puts a wealth of information at our fingertips. 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.”
- Verlyn Olson, Minister, Agriculture and Rural Development

The 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. The program is part of government’s commitment to provide high-speed Internet access to at least 98 per cent of Albertans.

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.

Final Mile Grants:
ˇ County of St. Paul - $341,250
ˇ Fishing Lake Metis Settlement - $211,500
ˇ Lac La Biche County - $274,080
ˇ Municipal District of Bonnyville - $399,750

Collectively the four projects will see the construction of 28 new towers and one co-location site.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with our plans to improve Internet service in our communities. Our projects will enhance the quality of life and offer greater opportunities for economic growth in our rural communities.”
- Steve Upham, Reeve for the County of St. Paul.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Related information
Final Mile Rural Community Program and list of projects

Media inquiries
Julie Crilly
Press Secretary
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister
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