MP Williamson announces major investment that will bring fast, reliable Internet services to communities in the New Brunswick Southwest region and across the province
July 30, 2015 – Campobello Island, New Brunswick – 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, John Williamson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Xplornet Communications Inc. with up to $2.92 million to connect over 16,000 homes in New Brunswick to faster Internet services.
MP Williamson highlighted the fact that over 4,000 households in the New Brunswick Southwest region, including the Fundy Isles, will benefit from the investment announced today. These broadband infrastructure projects are expected to be completed by the end of June 2017, delivering Internet download speeds at a minimum of five 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