The Canadian government announced the first project under the $1.75 billion Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, aiming to bring-speed internet (50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload) to those living in rural and remote areas. The UBF was launched in November 2020, and the Rapid Response Stream is poised to provide funds for ready-to-go projects, reported Canada NewsWire.
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, said $1 million would be used to connect 7,179 underserved households in both Starland and Stettler Counties, Alberta. Canada NewsWire reported the first project is slated for completion by November 15, 2021.
The UBF is also offering support for applicants, ensuring those who need guidance on building partnerships, finding funding, and navigating the application process have the information required. The UBF is accepting applications until Noon (PT) on February 15, 2021.
The UBF, along with other public and private investments, aims to connect 98 percent of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026. The national target is to achieve 100 percent connectivity by 2030.
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