MAPLETON – Households in two communities here will benefit from federal funding aimed at bringing high speed internet to rural areas.
On Feb. 8, Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced nearly $2.2 million in funding for Niagara Regional Broadband Network and Mornington Communications Co-operative Limited to bring high-speed Internet to rural residents of southwestern Ontario.
Three projects will connect 310 underserved households to high-speed Internet in the regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Rothsay, Drayton and St. Catharines.
The projects are funded through the $1.75-billion Universal Broadband Fund launched on Nov. 9.
“We will continue to make investments like these to help connect every Canadian to the high-speed Internet they need,” said Monsef.
“Mornington is thrilled to work in partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to bring true high-speed Internet services to this community,” said Mornington Communications Co-operative Limited general manager Kenneth Naylor.
“Once this project is complete, working from home will become practical and smart agriculture will become more efficient. We’re eager to break ground and start construction.”