More high-speed on the way

High-speed Internet is coming to 2,821 homes in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding in 2017 and 2018, MP Cathy McLeod announced Monday, June 1.

Electoral Area P is included on the list, including 18 at the Whispering Pines reserve. Wireless service there will be provided by ABC Communications, which will also serve another 169 homes with wireless elsewhere in the electoral area, though locations aren’t specified.

InternetTelus will make optical fibre delivery available to 95 homes. The wireless service will be provided for $79.95 per month, with FTTH (fibre to the home) at $63.

McLeod said it’s part of the government’s commitment to connect 280,000 more households in rural and remote regions with minimum speeds of five megabits per second (Mbps). Much of the work will be completed by 2017, she said.

She said the Conservatives asked for feedback last summer, and then Industry Canada invited Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to submit proposals for funding under a program called Connecting Canadians to build wireless or wired infrastructure.

“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….”

Minister of Industry James Moore said the announcement is “the next important phase” in extending high-speed Internet to rural areas.

“Providing Canadians with access to high-speed Internet for learning, business opportunities and so much more is key to creating a more connected, digital Canada,” Moore said.

Two hundred thirty-nine households are listed for Barriere, 409 for Kamloops, 96 in One Hundred Mile House, and 217 for Electoral Area O.

The Connecting Canadians program, in which $305 million is to be invested, was first announced a year ago.

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