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Minister Bains: ‘We can no longer consider high-speed Internet a luxury’

Minister Bains: ‘We can no longer consider high-speed Internet a luxury’ 

It was announced yesterday by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, that an investment of $250,000 will be made in WTC Communications, which will benefit residents in the rural townships of Rideau Lakes, Tay Valley, South Frontenac, and Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

This investment is part of the funding allocated through Connecting Canadians, “a federal program that provides underserved communities with Internet access at speeds of five megabits per second or more,” according to a the press release.

As part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda, the aim is to make Canada “a global centre for innovation—one that drives economic growth.”

“Faster Internet connections allow Canadians to innovate and to get the skills and training they need to qualify for well-paying jobs. The smallest businesses, no matter where they are located, can participate in the global marketplace and achieve global scale with faster Internet service. We can no longer consider high-speed Internet a luxury,” said Minister Bains.

Steve Lynn, CEO, WTC Communications said that his company is honoured to have been chosen to bring Internet access to communities in their service area and it shows their “commitment to providing the latest technical innovations to rural communities.”


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