Faster, more reliable Internet coming to Cape Breton

News Release

Project will improve high-speed Internet coverage in Chéticamp and surrounding areas

April 11, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

For most Canadians, access to affordable and reliable broadband networks is an important part of everyday life. However, communities outside urban centres often face challenges in accessing Internet service at levels comparable to those in cities due to factors such as remote location and challenging terrain.

Acadian Communications Ltd. is receiving approximately $46,000 from the Government of Canada to increase broadband Internet access for approximately 400 households in Chéticamp and surrounding areas on Cape Breton Island.

Canadians in all parts of the country need access to high-speed Internet to take advantage of new economic and business opportunities and to connect with friends and family in Canada and beyond.

This funding through the Connecting Canadians program will provide the communities with access to broadband at speeds of five megabits per second or more.

Quotes

"Helping to extend high-speed Internet across the country is one of the most important infrastructure investments the Government of Canada can make to help unlock the tremendous potential of our country's northern and rural regions. By working with partners across the country, the Government is helping to deliver increased broadband coverage to underserved areas across Canada."

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"This investment will provide Cape Bretoners with greater employment and business opportunities, better access to online education and e-health, improved communications and media, and increased access to online goods and services. This is good news for Cape Breton and for Nova Scotia."

– Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso

"With financial help from Connecting Canadians, Acadian Communications Ltd. was able to improve the signal to its customers and offer them much higher speed. The financial help made a huge difference as we, being a small company, would not have been able to offer this increased speed without support from Connecting Canadians."

– Eric Chiasson, President, Acadian Communications Ltd.

Quick facts

  • The $305-million Connecting Canadians program will extend and enhance broadband service to over 300,000 households across Canada.
  • Additionally, through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada will invest $500 million over five years for a new program to extend and enhance broadband service in rural and remote communities.

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Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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