Rural B.C. gets connected

The B.C. government announced it is investing $2.34 million to expand Internet service to families in more than 60 rural locales.

Accessing the information highway will be easier than ever for residents living in rural B.C.

The B.C. government announced it is investing $2.34 million to expand Internet service to families in more than 60 rural locales.

“Bringing Internet access to our most rural areas is crucial for the future of our young people and their education, for the health of families and for the competitiveness of our businesses,” said Premier Christy Clark.

Since 2008, the government has provided $6.83 million through Network B.C.’s Connecting Citizen’s Grant Program and funded nearly 150 connectivity projects to establish the infrastructure needed to bring high-speed Internet services to more than 210 new locales in B.C. Today, 93 per cent of B.C. residents have access to high-speed Internet.

“By investing in 51 new projects, we will help bring health and education opportunities, local business development, and job creation and training to thousands of people living in B.C.’s smallest communities,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government.

For more information on Network B.C., visit www.network.gov.bc.ca.