MP announces funding to increase rural internet access

More rural homes in the B.C. Peace will have access to high speed internet after the Federal Government has provided grants to the Peace Region Internet Society.

MP for Prince George-Peace River, Bob Zimmer, made the announcement on Saturday that $278,271 will be given to PRIS to help increase high speed internet access in rural areas of the B.C. Peace.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and will see the following communities receive high speed internet from PRIS:

Arras, Baldonnel, Blueberry River First Nations, Cecil Lake, Charlie Lake, Chetwynd, Clayhurst. Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Jackfish Lake, Kiskatinaw, Progress, Rose Prairie, Taylor, and Tomslake.

The Government of Canada created the Connecting Canadians program, backed by a $305-million commitment to connect an additional 280,000 households in rural and remote regions of the country to high-speed Internet services at minimum speeds of 5 Mbps.

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