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Upgrades rapidly improve internet services in rural B.C.

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Citizens' Services

Upgrades rapidly improve internet services in rural B.C.

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Funding and internet service providers

In 2019, the B.C. government launched a $50-million expansion of the Connecting British Columbia program, the largest investment in the program’s history. The program provides grant funding to internet service providers to build vital connectivity infrastructure, including projects to bring fibre to entire regions or make final connections to homes and businesses.

The funding for the COVID-19 Response Intake came from the existing Connecting British Columbia program. In total, almost $1.2 million in grants were disbursed by Northern Development Initiative Trust – the company responsible for administering the Connecting British Columbia Program.

The internet service providers that led the 47 projects are:

  • Base Technology Ltd.
  • Burton Internet Society
  • Columbia Wireless Inc.
  • Edgewood Community Internet
  • Evolve Communications Inc.
  • FlexiNET Broadband Inc.
  • Lytton Area Wireless Society
  • Peak Broadband Solutions Inc.
  • Rogers Communications
  • South Island Internet Services Ltd.
  • Swift Internet Inc.  
  • Tatlayoko Think Tank Ltd.
  • TELUS
  • Trout Lake BC Internet Society
  • Twincomm
  • Vincent Communication
  • Wink Wireless Inc.

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