The Ontario government is investing $50 million to improve broadband and cell service in rural communities. This is part of the province’s $315 million initiative called Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan.
“As we carefully restart the economic engine of Canada, every region and every community will play a role in bringing jobs and prosperity back to our province,” said Premier Ford. “By investing in reliable broadband and cellular service, we are helping to create greater opportunity for our families, farmers and small business owners in rural and remote areas of this great province.”
As per the news release the new Improving Connectivity in Ontario, or ICON, program, when leveraged, has the potential to result in an investment of up to $500 million in total partner funding to improve connectivity in underserved and unserved areas.
According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as many as 12 per cent of households in Ontario ― mostly in rural, remote or Northern areas ― are underserved or unserved.