Broadband help for French Beach and Jordan River

Rural B.C. businesses and families get broadband boost

  • Jun. 22, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Premier Christy Clark announced today the province is providing $2.34 million to expand Internet service to families in over 60 locales in rural B.C.

In the Juan de Fuca region, French Beach and Jordan River each received $50,000 for highspeed internet connectivity through South Island Cable Ltd.

“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 Clark. “Not only does it help give British Columbians better access to information and opportunity, but it also brings that information closer and faster to our youngest learners.”

Premier Christy Clark promised to expand broadband Internet into B.C.’s rural communities and make B.C. one of the most connected jurisdictions in the world.

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

With these grants, more families, businesses and individuals will soon have access to high-speed Internet services for the first time. The provincial government is committed to creating new economic opportunities for families by expanding broadband into their communities.

Network BC works collaboratively with local community groups, all levels of government and the private sector, including small Internet service providers, to encourage and facilitate high-speed Internet connectivity.

To find out more about Network BC, please visit:

http://www.network.gov.bc.ca/

 

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