$1 billion for broadband, cellular access announced

by Editorial Staff | November 4, 2020
A hand holding a cell phone, as a person uses the Ontario OUT of DOORS app

Anglers and hunters accustomed to spotty service in rural Ontario may benefit from a $680 million provincial investment in expanding and improving broadband and cellular access announced on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The funding, combined with the $315 million committed to Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan earlier this year, amounts to nearly $1 billion for shovel-ready projects.

More than 1.4 million Ontarians do not have broadband or cellular access, and as many as 12% of households, mostly in rural, remote or northern areas, are underserved or unserved from the perspective of broadband, according to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) data, officials stated.

Efforts underway

Over the past several months, Ontario has partnered with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network to invest $71 million in a $213 million project to improve access to cellular service and mobile broadband in Eastern Ontario.

The announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford ahead of Thursday’s 2020 budget at the Haliburton County Public Library in Minden.

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  1. Larry Werring wrote: Why do I have my doubts? I am in a rural area 6 km from the cell towers in Pembroke. For 13 years I have been complaining to the service providers about the terrible coverage in our area (1 bar if I go out to the driveway - nothing in the house). For 13 years they've given me BS excuses (e.g. Oh, Mr. So-andso, the cell tower is too high and the signal goes over your head). They recommend that I turn off LTE and use 3G. Nothing changes. They lie to their customers and ignore the complaints. Somehow I think that they will pocket this money and come up with more believable but equally BS excuses and nothing will change.