Uxbridge, Brock, to benefit from $230 million in government funding for high-speed internet
Published August 9, 2021 at 6:13 pm
Nearly 1,300 homes in Durham Region – mostly in northern communities like Uxbridge and Sunderland – are expected to benefit from a $27 million government investment in high-speed internet.
The money is part of a joint federal-provincial investment of $230 million to bring high-speed internet to as many as 52,866 rural Ontario households in Central Ontario.
As well, the Region will get a share of another $194 million of the total funding allotment, with that piece of the pie spread out amongst dozens of communities across central Ontario.
“As we prepare for Ontario’s economy to come back stronger than ever from COVID-19, high-speed internet will be critical for our long-term prosperity,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario’s Finance Minister and the MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge. “The pandemic has accelerated the shift toward the digital marketplace, and for many businesses, especially small businesses in rural Ontario, having a reliable online presence is non-negotiable.”
The two levels of government have partnered to support large-scale, fibre-based projects to provide high-speed internet access to all corners of the province by 2025.
Canada-wide, more than 890,000 rural and remote households are on track to be connected to high-speed internet as a result of the project. By the end of this year, more than 435,000 households will be connected, more than double the current number.