Rural Halton could finally be getting reliable internet and cellular access

Published August 25, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Burlington’s Marianne Meed Ward and other Halton mayors are applauding the Ontario government’s Provincial Broadband and Cellular Action Plan (ICON).

Burlington’s Marianne Meed Ward and other Halton mayors are applauding the Ontario government’s Provincial Broadband and Cellular Action Plan (ICON).

“Our residents and businesses need this more than ever,” said Meed Ward in a tweet Monday (Aug. 25) night.

The Government of Ontario says its goal is to provide “reliable high-speed internet and cellular connections at home, at work, and along major highways”.

Rural communities in the Halton Region can apply for part of the $315-million investment now. The government believes that the potential of partner funding from the private sector and other levels of government could result in up to $1-billion in broadband infrastructure investments.

“Reliable internet and cellular access helps us stay in touch with family and friends, access public services like health care and education, run our businesses and work from anywhere,” says the Government of Ontario on its ICON-dedicated webpage.

“The province will continue to invest in broadband and cellular initiatives as a funding partner while working closely with the federal government, which regulates and oversees telecommunications companies and the sector.”

The province already said it has committed $66.7 million over five years to build the world’s first pre-commercial 5G wireless network for open innovation through the Evolution of Networked Services through the Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation (ENCQOR) initiative.

The Ontario government says it will help develop “the 5G applications of the future”.

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