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Clement lays out broadband plans

By: Staff Writer

Posted: 05/20/2015 9:46 PM

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La Broquerie reeve Lewis Weiss, President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement and Provencher MP Ted Falk talk following the announcement of a new broadband Internet initiative that will include much of Provencher.

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La Broquerie reeve Lewis Weiss, President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement and Provencher MP Ted Falk talk following the announcement of a new broadband Internet initiative that will include much of Provencher.

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Federal President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement paid Provencher a visit on Wednesday morning at a La Broquerie announcement which highlighted plans to bring high-speed Internet services to over 4,500 homes in Provencher.

Residents in 25 Provencher communities are expected to be able to access the new technology through NetSet Communications, which successfully bid for the federal funding program.

The federal government targeted 2017 as the date for delivering on a commitment to rural Canadians to connect an additional 280,000 households in rural and remote regions of the country to high-speed Internet at minimum speeds of five megabits per second (Mbps).

Last summer, the federal government invited Canadians to provide feedback online to help better determine areas in need of high-speed Internet access. Once information was received from individual Canadians and governments across the country, Industry Canada invited proposals for funding under Connecting Canadians to build wireless or wired infrastructure that will provide services to rural and remote communities in need.

NetSet’s plans include the rollout of 60 towers throughout the province, 16 of which will be situated in Provencher.

The company successfully applied for funding under a previous program about seven years ago through which 48 towers were constructed.

That project, which was completed in 13 months, has NetSet officials confident that they will have towers constructed well in advance on the 2017 deadline.

Over 300 applications were received by the Connecting Canadians program from Internet service providers across Canada. This is the only project moving forward in Provencher at this time, though other applications could still be considered.

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