Lucan (Ontario), July 23 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined by Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure; Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture; and Monte McNaughton, Member of Provincial Parliament for Lambton—Kent—Middlesex and Minister of Labour that province's first-ever, $315 million plan to improve and expand service to help people in rural and remote communities with better connectivity, media reports said.
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"Our government committed to help businesses, families, and farms stay connected - no matter where they live," said Ford. "Open for Business has to mean Open for Everybody...get infrastructure built, and get people and business connected. With our plan, businesses, families and workers can count on an Ontario that will move faster than ever before."
The plan includes a $150 million commitment for a new broadband fund and is expected to generate up to $1 billion in total investment over five years, resulting in new connections for up to 220,000 homes and businesses for their social and economic benefits.
Ontario has committed $71 million toward the $213 million Eastern Ontario Regional Network project, to support the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project in Southwestern Ontario, the Niagara Region and the Town of Caledon, and also maximizing the use of existing government assets and programs and modernizing government to cut red tape to encourage broadband and cellular expansion.