TELUS Communications installing backbone network to make broadband Internet available in Portneuf
December 19, 2017 – Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec
Michel Matte, Member of the National Assembly for Portneuf, announced Government of Quebec support for a TELUS Communications Inc. project to install a backbone network that will bring about broadband Internet availability in Portneuf.
As a result, a total of 148 communities in the Gaspésie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte‑Nord, Chaudière-Appalaches, Capitale-Nationale and Mauricie regions will have access to broadband Internet services. The Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada are supporting this $44,746,160 project, respectively contributing $20,723,568 and $10,361,784 through the Québec branché program and the Connect to Innovate program.
The goal of the Québec branché program is to provide broadband Internet services to unserved or underserved regions and communities. Project selection and funding were made in collaboration with the federal Connect to Innovate program. In total, 80 projects have been selected in 14 regions of Quebec.
“The benefits of this Portneuf project will contribute to establishing and maintaining businesses that need broadband Internet services to continue operations and be more competitive. Families in remote areas who were previously underserved will enjoy a better quality of life. Our entire region will come away a winner.”
– Michel Matte, Member of the National Assembly for Portneuf
“This investment will benefit the middle class in the Capitale-Nationale region. It will help create greater employment and business opportunities, improve communication, and increase access to distance education, e-health, and online media, goods and services.”
– Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia
“Our support for these projects will enable more households and businesses to connect, thereby contributing to Quebec’s economic growth and the vitality of its regions. Just like electricity was a driving force in the 20th century, access to broadband Internet is today a powerful driver of digital and socio-economic development. That’s why, in the Quebec Digital Strategy, the Government of Quebec announced an investment of $200 million to build on Québec branché so that all residents have access to high-speed networks within the next five years.”
– Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
“Access to high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury; it’s essential. High-speed Internet services are basic tools that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need these services to do business and build stronger communities. Our government recognizes that innovation takes place everywhere in Canada, both in cities and rural areas. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, Canadians will be better able to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Thanks to support from the federal and provincial governments, we will offer high-speed Internet access to 99% of cities, towns and communities in Est-du-Québec by 2021. Since 2013, we have invested more than $300 million to extend our fibre optic network in Quebec so that thousands of residents, businesses and public institutions can have access to a world-class network. On behalf of the 6,000 members of the TELUS Québec team, I’m pleased by this shared commitment to do everything possible to provide Quebecers with the best technological solutions at home, at work and on the road.”
— François Gratton, Executive Vice-President and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec
The Québec branché program, which has initially been allocated $100 million, is one of the pillars of the Digital Economy Action Plan and the Quebec Digital Strategy (all links are to French web pages).
The Government of Canada’s $500-million Connect to Innovate program aims to improve access to Internet broadband services in rural and remote Canadian communities.
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