MP Bev Shipley announces major investment that will bring fast, reliable Internet services to 11,000 homes in southwestern Ontario
July 23, 2015 – Strathroy, Ontario – Industry Canada
Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadian communities, businesses and families have better access to these and many other online opportunities, Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton–Kent–Middlesex, today announced that the Harper Government will provide TekSavvy and Execulink Telecom with a total of $3.15 million to connect over 11,000 homes in southwestern Ontario to faster Internet services. This investment will benefit 30 communities in southwestern Ontario.
Mr. Shipley highlighted the fact that over 5,000 households in the Lambton–Kent–Middlesex region will benefit from the investment announced today. These broadband infrastructure projects are expected to be completed by the end of April 2018, delivering Internet download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps).
For all Canadians, the Internet is a tool that spurs economic growth, broadens opportunities, and connects friends and family from coast to coast to coast. For Canadians who live in communities with slow or no Internet, access to high-speed services will lead to new economic opportunities and the creation of new jobs, products and services.
By Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, over 98 percent of Canadian households will be able to subscribe to new or improved high-speed Internet services, which helps deliver on the Government's commitment to rural Canadians.
Office of the Minister of Industry