Prince Township, other areas near Sault will soon have high speed internet: Sheehan – .

Prince Township, other areas near Sault will soon have high speed internet: Sheehan – .

Regions like Gros Cap, Pointe Louise, Batchawana and Searchmont will benefit from improved broadband in the near future

Federal and Ontario governments say they are moving forward with their commitments to deliver broadband projects that will provide reliable high-speed Internet access to rural and northern Ontario, as well as ‘across Canada.

Sault MP Terry Sheehan and Sault MP Ross Romano were among several speakers in attendance at an update on improving broadband held virtually Friday.

“Up to over $ 170 million has been allocated to projects in northeastern Ontario that will benefit over 39,000 households. Fantastic. Rural Canadians indeed, rural Ontarians, have spoken and the Government of Canada has listened, ”said Sheehan, addressing the virtual gathering.

The federal and Ontario governments have announced equal spending of $ 1.2 billion to accelerate broadband projects in Ontario.

“By working with the Province of Ontario, we are on track to have everyone connected by 2025, 100%… we are significantly ahead of that timeline. In this area, Batchawana Bay, Northland Station, Searchmont, Glendale, Foleyet, Island Lake, Trout Lake, Garden River are some of the communities (which will benefit from improved broadband in the near future), ”Sheehan said, speaking to SooToday.

“It will be deployed quickly,” Sheehan said.

“This will include Carpin Beach, Gros Cap, Pointe Louise,” Romano told us.

Four hundred and three households in the Township of Prince will benefit from a contribution of more than $ 157,000 from the federal government under the broadband program.

LeepFrog Telecom will improve broadband connectivity in this area at a total project cost of $ 210,730.

“All of the projects (included in the latest round of broadband improvement projects) are currently ready to go and are due to be completed by March 31, 2024. We will see some of these excavators in the ground in a few weeks, c is what we understood. Roman said.

The federal government says it wants to see, thanks to its $ 2.75 billion Universal Broadband Fund launched in November 2020, 100% of Canadians connected to an improved broadband and broadband Internet by 2030, of which 98% by 2026.

The province also said it wants all Ontario households to have improved high-speed and high-speed internet access by the end of 2025.

“We look forward to announcing the next round of project approvals in the coming months. Application reviews are underway and many new projects are expected to be announced by Christmas, ”said Sheehan, acknowledging the federal government’s partnership with the province, participating Internet service providers, municipalities and First Nations communities. .

Will improved broadband and high-speed internet result in lower monthly charges (currently $ 60 per month on average) for subscribers due to the joint government program?

“There are a number of vendors that will be part of the program. I know our prices… have come down over the past few years, so prices will remain competitive. What you see in a large urban center like Toronto or a small community, you will see it lined up in these two places, so there will be no difference between these two places, ”said Simon Dwyer, Director of Bell Canada. government affairs, addressing reporters.

At least 20 Internet service providers are partnering with the federal and Ontario governments in this ambitious project, including Bell Canada, Cogeco Connexion, Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Vianet Inc.

“In 2020, the federal government reached a $ 600 million agreement to secure high-speed Internet access for Canada’s most remote regions, including the Far North, via the constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites ) from Telesat, ”said a federal government press release.

Bell Canada MPs Sheehan, Romano and Dwyer were joined at Friday’s virtual press conference by several political and business leaders, including Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli, Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha and Sault Ste. Marie, Ward 5, Councilor Matthew Scott.


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