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April 26, 2011

41,000 Rural Alberta Households to Receive Broadband Internet Access

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The Alberta Government will provide $9.7 million to leverage Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program. This program will increase access to broadband internet service in underserved areas of Alberta.

“Access to high-speed Internet means Albertans can reach out, explore market opportunities for speciality products to a worldwide customer base, or participate in online, interactive videoconferencing from their home,” says Jack Hayden, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Ray Prins, Rural Caucus chair and MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka, says, “Increasing access to broadband internet is an ambitious goal, but it has far reaching and long-term benefits for all Albertans, especially in rural and remote areas of the province. It will help us in terms of improving social and economic opportunities for individuals and industry, improving access to government services and connecting all Albertans to the global community.”

Currently the province, along with Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association are assessing remaining gaps in service. When the assessment is complete, additional programs or initiatives will be introduced.

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