The investment comes from Eastlink, a telecommunications company headquartered in Nova Scotia.
“Investing in small towns and communities is a fundamental part of who we are as a company,” said Lee Bragg, CEO of Eastlink. “We appreciate that when it comes to Internet in rural Nova Scotia, there have and continue to be challenges. We are very pleased to make an additional investment towards improvement in these areas.”
It won’t be a first for the company. Over the past 15 years, Eastlink has made over $1B in investments in its fibre and wireless networks, which provide small communities with the same technological amenities as their urban counterparts.
Last year, the company invested $2M to expand fibre-based Internet services to over 800 homes in the Municipality of Argyle and Annapolis County.
“We continue to invest heavily to ensure as many rural Nova Scotians as possible have access to high speed Internet, as well as our other advanced fibre-based services,” said Bragg.
$5.5M will go to expanding the company’s core fibre services. This will increase internet speeds to 940Mbps in West Pubnico, Guyborough, Iverness, Mabou, Judique, Port Hood and Port Hastings.
The remaining $1M will be put towards upgrading 1,000 existing Rural Broadband customers in southern Nova Scotia.
“Eastlink is a Nova Scotian company that has invested heavily in this province for the past 45 years,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are very pleased with Eastlink’s latest commitment to rural Nova Scotia. It is reassuring that, like our government, Eastlink recognizes the importance of providing access to quality, high speed Internet to more and more rural Nova Scotians. We’re pleased that Eastlink continues to make important investments here. This is another strong step forward.”
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