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June 6, 2011

Provincial Government Invests in Internet and Economic Opportunity in Rural Areas

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The Alberta Government has invested $3.9 million into 28 new projects that will improve access to high-speed broadband internet and create economic opportunities for rural communities throughout the province.

The investment is based on a three-year funding initiative through the Rural Community Adaptation Grant Program and the Rural Connections: Community Broadband Infrastructure Pilot Program with funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Community Development Trust Fund.

Since 2008, the Rural Community Adaptation Grant Program has provided $13.6 million to rural communities in an effort to boost local economies. Projects receiving funding include:

  • $144,000 grant to the Vulcan Business Development Society to help develop a marketing and branding strategy
  • $250,000 grant will help the Whitefish Lake Band #128 region develop a business and human resource plan
  • $250,000 for the Village of Foremost to advance the Unmanned Air Systems Training and Development Centre

Since 2008, the Rural Connections: Community Broadband Infrastructure Pilot Program has provided $10.4 million dollars to projects that bring high-speed internet to rural communities. Priority for funding was given to community-led broadband infrastructure projects in areas where Albertans had little to no internet access. New projects under this program include:

  • $137, 570 to the Round Hill & District Agricultural Society to develop and construct a wireless broadband network in Round Hill and regions north of Gwynne and south of Miquelon Lake
  • $115,600 to assist the Municipal District of Willow Creek No. 26 in expanding a wireless broadband network to areas southwest of the District
  • $460,440 to the Lac Ste. Anne County in support of the development and construction of a wireless broadband network that will cover the County around the Cherhill and Rochford Bridge region

For more information about the Government of Alberta’s investment in rural Alberta broadband projects, click here.

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