July 2, 2015
PORT CARLING – Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement today announced a major investment that will bring high-speed, wireless Internet services to 37,900 more rural homes across Northeastern Ontario, including 3,740 households in Parry Sound-Muskoka.
Federal funding has been awarded to Xplornet Communications Inc., which along with the Federal Government contribution of $8.4 million, is providing its own capital for two projects covering rural areas of North Eastern Ontario. The funding comes via the Conservative Government`s Connecting Canadians program. Completion date for the two projects is June 2017.
The implementation cost for the 3,740 households to be serviced in Parry Sound-Muskoka will be approximately $217 per household for taxpayers.
“Today’s broadband infrastructure announcement is great news for Parry Sound-Muskoka. Our Government understands the importance of high-speed Internet access for communities like Muskoka Lakes Township, which is having 582 additional homes serviced under this announcement, as part of the overall 3,740 total. Connecting Canadians demonstrates the Government’s commitment to delivering for rural Canadians,” said MP Clement.
As part of Connecting Canadians, the Conservative Government is partnering with dozens of ISPs to build the necessary wireless or wired infrastructure across the country that will bring an additional 280,000 Canadian households high-speed Internet access.
“We are thrilled to work alongside the Government of Canada towards our shared goal of getting Canada more connected, by providing fast and affordable high-speed Internet service to rural Canadians,” added Bill Macdonald, Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Xplornet. “For communities like Parry Sound-Muskoka, we will be able to accelerate the build of our fixed wireless broadband infrastructure and deliver speeds up to 25 Mbps so that residents can experience everything the Internet has to offer.”
“Comments from our residents during recent public meetings this winter have identified a deficit availability of affordable high speed internet connectivity in Muskoka Lakes as a major impediment to business growth. I am very pleased that the Federal Government is committed to support this major initiative in areas such as Muskoka Lakes,” said Muskoka Lakes Mayor, Don Furniss.
The Government of Canada has exceeded its target by 75,000 households in the first round of partnership approvals, bringing high-speed Internet access to more than 356,000 homes across Canada.
• Connecting Canadians delivers on the Government of Canada’s commitment in Economic Action Plan 2014 to bring high-speed Internet access to an additional 280,000 Canadian households in rural and remote regions of the country.
• Successful Internet service providers will be expected to provide services at speeds of at least 5 Mbps to rural Canadians that currently have slower or no Internet access.
• The first projects are expected to be completed by the time Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
• Industry Canada received over 300 applications to the Connecting Canadians program from Internet service providers across Canada.
• Connecting Canadians is a key commitment under Digital Canada 150, the Government of Canada’s plan to help Canadians take full advantage of the opportunities of the digital age.
Photo Caption: From left to right, Bill Macdonald (Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Xplornet), Tony and Don Furniss (Muskoka Lakes Mayor)