ICON Broadband Applications Now OpenPublished on July 13, 2020
As Ontario continues to safely and gradually reopen, we are supporting our economic recovery efforts by continuing to expand broadband and cellular service across the province.
Now more than ever, people across Ontario need to be connected to the modern digital economy through reliable broadband so they can easily work, learn and connect with friends and family. Too many people in our province lack reliable internet or cellular access – or don’t have any connectivity at all.
This digital divide has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the government heard from people about their frustrations as they try to work and study from home.
That’s why the government has launched Improving Connectivity for Ontario, a new $150 million program to support local collaborative projects to connect more unserved and underserved homes and businesses, often in rural, remote and northern communities.
The province’s investment of $150 million announced today is part of the $315 million Up to Speed: Ontario's Broadband and Cellular Action Plan. This action plan has the potential to leverage up to $1 billion in partner funding for broadband infrastructure investments.
Over the past several months, Ontario has partnered with the Eastern Ontario Regional NetworkEastern Ontario Regional Network to leverage $213 million to improve access in Eastern Ontario. And as part of a $190 million project to bring high-speed internet to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario, the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology has awarded contracts in Lambton, Wellington, and Norfolk counties.
There is more work to do, but through these investments, we are continuing to bridge the digital divide and improve the quality of life for all Ontarians.
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To apply for this funding, click here.